U.S. Senator Mark Begich released the following statement regarding the U.S. Coast Guard's report on the grounding of Shell's drilling unit, the Kulluk, in December of 2012.
"I appreciate the Coast Guard's detailed investigation into the Kulluk incident and their solid recommendations for better training and stricter policies and procedures for vessels operating under Arctic conditions. I remain a strong supporter of responsible development of the Arctic's resources. Moving forward, it will be of the utmost importance that the strictest standards are adhered to under challenging conditions. The Coast Guard's investigation and recommendations here will help guide that development and gives me greater confidence about the role the Arctic will play in Alaska's future.