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Breaking News : Another Rig Explodes in the Gulf

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Oil rig explodes 80 miles off Louisiana coast; 12 people reported overboard and one missing, the Coast Guard says.

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Just use some common sense....

If there was foul play, they wouldn't pick a dinky little shallow water platforms like this one. They would have picked one of the monster platforms that's worth a couple of billion, not a couple of million... and there are plenty of those out there.

They would have picked one that was actively producing, and done more than just a fire, it would be something that would cause more environmental damage with oil spilling.

We all love more drama, but this was just simply a boring rig fire. Vapors from the paint found a spark, something like that most likely. Maybe an engine fuel line broke. Fires happen. This was not a blowout.

Move along, nothing to see here.

'Cause there's a monster on the loose

i didn't say it was foul play.

i said they were asking the wrong person.

whats the point of asking bugman a hypothetical that he can't accept?

that's the point.

This is a non event people...

This is a non event people... This stuff happens from time to time in the gulf of Mexico. I have seen platforms that burned down. The only difference is now the media is reporting every little thing in the gulf. The government has an agenda to shut down the gulf and the media is trying their best to demonize the work in the gulf. The truth is the elite don't like paying people good money to do a job. It burns the elites asses that they have to pay us peons a good wage to do a job.

Also another point the media is ignorant I have never been on a rig with only 13 people. I have also never seen a platform with 70+ people.

At 9 am CDT, a fire on the

At 9 am CDT, a fire on the platform at South Vermilion Block 380 was reported. The production platform, owned and operated by Mariner Energy, is reported standing in about 340 feet of water. Mariner is in the process of merging into Apache Corp. At the time of the fire, there were 13 workers on the platform, all are accounted for and in the water in exposure suits. Current reports are that it was producting about 1700 barrels per day of oil. The last reported incident I can pick up on the BOEMRE site was a small leak in 2000.

This platform actually sits on the bottom, unlike deepwater facilities, that actually float. The production trees, valves and piping are all on the platform, making this easier to get under control.


Don't worry..if there is any oil they can redirect the planes that are STILL spraying the dispersant to sink the oil from Deepwater and everyone can go back to pretending the oil is gone.


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Here we go again.

Initial reports said it "wasn't producing"

this is the latest ( from CBS )

"The platform is a fixed petroleum platform that was in production at the time of the fire, according to a homeland security operational update obtained by The Associated Press.

The update said the platform was producing about 58,800 gallons of oil and 900,000 cubic feet of gas per day. The platform can store 4,200 gallons of oil.

Seven Coast Guard helicopters, two airplanes and three cutters were dispatched to the scene from New Orleans, Houston and Mobile, Ala., Ben-Iesau said. She said authorities do not know whether oil was leaking from the site."

Why lie? Have they learned ANYthing?

Hopefully this sheen is limited to the possible 4200 gals stored.

I wonder if

Haliburton worked on it?

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Mile long oil sheen spotted by Coast Guard....

I'm surprised it hasn't evaporated already.

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Not producing?, I guess now it is, but "how" is the question?

Sep 02, 2010
One person injured as oil platform explodes in Gulf off Louisiana
11:31 AM

An oil platform has exploded in the Gulf of Louisiana, injuring at least one person. The Coast Guard tells MSNBC that the platform is still burning, but says it is not a drilling rig.

Update at 12:14 p.m. ET: The New Orleans Tiems-Picayune descrbies the facility, called Vermillion 380, as a "fixed, manned production platform." The newspaper says the platform is not involved in drilling and, unlike the ill-fated BP rig, is not a floating rig, but rather is a fixed platform.

Update at 12:11 p.m. ET: The Coast Guard tells MSNBC that the facility is not a rig, but is a platform that does not do any drilling.

Update at 12:04 p.m. ET: The rig, owned by Mariner Energy, is located west of the BP spill site, the Associated Press reports. The incident was first reported by a commercial helicopter company around 10:30 a.m. ET, according to Coast Guard Petty Officer Casey Ranel. The Coast Guard confirmes there is one injury, but no deaths. The platform is in about 2,500 feet of water, the Coast Guard said, but is not currently producing, the AP reports.

Update at 11:48 a.m. ET: Coast Guard Petty Officer Casey Ranel says a helicopter was sent to the site after a report that the rig was on fire "and that there was smoke and there were people in the water,'' The Times-Picayune of New Orleans reports.

Update at 11:41 a.m. ET: The Coast Guard says the oil rig is located 80 miles south of Vermilion Bay, Louisiana.

Update at 11:38 a.m. ET: MSNBC quotes Coast Guard Petty Officer John Edwards as saying one worker has been injured, but he did not know the extent of the injuries. Edwards says 9 helicopters and some fixed-wing aircraft as well as four Coast Guard cutters have been sent to the site.

Update at 11:35 a.m. ET: MSNBC quotes a Coast Guard spokesman as saying all of the workers were wearing protective gear.


It will be interesting to see

It will be interesting to see how they spin this one.
Just now at 1:08 est the Coast Guard spokesman said there is no spill reported.

today seems

like a bad day already and I am still drinking my coffee!

It wasn't a rig, it was a non

It wasn't a rig, it was a non drilling platform.

Reports just coming in


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One injured-all accounted for

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Bill Colclough tells CNN that 12 people from the rig are in the water immersion suits as they await rescue.

Colclough told CNN there are reports the rig is still on fire.

"We don't know what caused the rig to catch on fire," he told CNN, noting the incident is under investigation.

Asked about concerns regarding oil leaks or pollution, Colclough said "there are reports the rig was not actively producing any product, so we don't know if there's any risk of pollution."


"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd