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Chavez Oil Platform Sinks Off Venezuela

Discreetly buried in the ‘Americas’ section of the New York Times:

Venezuela Offshore Rig Sinks

Published: May 13, 2010

LIMA, Peru — An offshore natural gas exploration rig leased to Venezuela’s national oil company sank off the coast of northeastern Venezuela and forced the evacuation of all its 95 workers, President Hugo Chávez announced early Thursday.

In an attempt to calm nerves after the explosion of an offshore drilling rig last month in the Gulf of Mexico, Venezuelan energy officials said the sunken natural gas rig posed no environment threat and that no workers had died. The cause of the sinking was unclear.

Mr. Chávez, who made the initial announcement about the sunken rig via his account on Twitter, the social networking site, also said that two Venezuelan Navy patrols were sent to the waters by the rig, which is owned by Aban Singapore, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aban Offshore, India’s largest oil rig company.

“You know this platform is semi-submergible,” Mr. Chávez told his followers on Twitter. “At midnight it listed, took on water, ceased operations and they evacuated,” he said.

The sinking of the rig, called Aban Pearl, is a setback to Venezuela’s efforts to upgrade its energy industry with the help of foreign oil companies. Just hours before the sinking, Mr. Chávez had celebrated on Wednesday the signing of major new oil contracts with companies including the Chevron Corporation of the United States, calling them “vital for our socialist project.”

Senior officials in Venezuela had recently been celebrating the Aban Pearl rig in particular. Planning Minister Jorge Giordani last week called the rig “a motive for pride of national engineering.”

So much for “national engineering.”

The rig was drilling for gas in the Mariscal Sucre gas-exploration project off the coast of Sucre, a state in northeastern Venezuela in waters near Trinidad and Tobago…

Where’s the outrage? There are a heck of a lot of sea turtles swimming around Trinidad and Tobago.

Wait. — What are we saying? Mr. Chavez is a committed Communist. His offshore oil rigs could never do any harm to the environment or any living thing. They are at one with the natural world.

Besides, his lackeys said everything was okay.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 13th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Chavez Oil Platform Sinks Off Venezuela”

  1. proreason says:

    Not enough regulation.

    Or perhaps, the taxes weren’t high enough.

    It appears that Mr Chavez still has a ways to go to reach Obamy status.

  2. NoNeoCommies says:

    OK, they have to ban ALL offshore drilling FOREVER!
    Just like they want to do on the US West Coast now.
    They also need to drag the executives before a government committee to be lectured on their failures by people who won’t accept any criticism on their own, worse failures.

  3. Wait.. didn’t we just give Soros money to spend on Venezuela’s offshore rigs recently?

  4. Mithrandir says:


    Giant metaphor for socialism, collapses under its own weight, sinks off the coast of Venezuala.

  5. canary says:

    Chavez’s oil mess fuel to aid Obama’s effort towards global primitive living. Walk to work, shower once a month, 1 chicken per week.
    But, we don’t buy the ploy of these idiotic, shameless blundering cohorts.

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