Shell's $4.5 billion plan to convert the environmentally fragile Gulf of Alaska into a major new oil frontier suffered a blow Monday night when one of its drill ships ran aground near Kodiak Island.
Stormy weather broke the the Kulluk drill ship away from its tow ropes and within hours it had run aground. The Coast Guard safely evacuated 18 crew members from the ship and is now watching for any spills. The Kulluk has has about 155,000 gallons of fuel on board according to Coast Guard Commander Shane Montoya.
In the video, a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew flies over the mobile drilling unit Kulluk aground on the southeast shore of Sitkalidak Island about 40 miles southwest of Kodiak City, Alaska, Tuesday, January 1, 2013. The weather conditions were 40 mph winds with 20-foot seas. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.