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Second Oil Rig Explodes In Gulf of Mexico

From the Baton Rouge CBS affiliate WAFB Channel 9:

Oil rig explodes in Gulf of Mexico

Sep 02, 2010

VERMILION BAY, LA (WAFB) – The Coast Guard is responding to another oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

According to the Coast Guard, 13 people were onboard when it exploded and caught fire Thursday morning. Everyone is accounted for. Officials are reporting one injury…

The explosion happened around 9:30 a.m. and as of 10:30 a.m. it was still on fire.

Coast Guard officials said they do not yet know if there is any type of leak associated with this explosion.

They said there are reports it was not actively producing product, but they will investigate whether there is any type of environmental impact…

That’s all we need.

(Thanks to Rod for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, September 2nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Second Oil Rig Explodes In Gulf of Mexico”

  1. proreason says:

    Here’s a list of rig incidents. It appears to cover about 55 years with one straggler in 1948:

    http://home.versatel.nl/the_sims/rig/losses.htm

    In the Gulf of Mexico, incidents of various natures happen at a rate of more than 1 a year.

    But only 6 of the 184 total incidents are labeled as “explosions”. In addition, there are fewer than 1 per year worldwide that are labeled as “blowouts”.

    It seems strange that we would have 2 explosions/blowouts in the Gulf in less than 6 months, but it probably isn’t unusual enough to prove anything.

    Of course, I’m not a suspicious guy, or anything. It’s probably pretty difficult to sabatoge one of these things. Just getting close to one has to be challenging. Sabotage would almost have to be an inside job or an act of war.

    One other observation, only 6 of the incidents are for land rigs. If the list is equally complete for land and offshore, it would indicate that offshore is about 30 times as risky as drilling on land. Not that any good environmentalist would care about that. They have to love exposions more than anything.

  2. untrainable says:

    Quick Barry. If you hurry, you can still get the SWAT teams on site in time for you to look like you’re doing something. If you wait 70 days again, people might start to think you’re ineffective.

  3. Right of the People says:

    Being the unrepentant, right wing racist hater that I am, I find this all very interesting.

    I realize that sabotaging one of these would be hard to do but I don’t recall us having all these problems with oil rigs in the past. Like you said Pro only 6 out of 184 have been classified as explosions. What are the odds that these are both “natural” occurrences?

    Did they say whose rig this was? I’ll bet its not BP, our boy Barry probably figures he can’t fleece them out of another $20 billion. Hey, Phillips is a foreign owned oil company, I bet its one of theirs. Barry’s got build up that slush fund somehow.

    • TwilightZoned says:

      I’m with ya RotP. I’ve seriously mulled over the thought
      the last explosion was no accident.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      In my guess, in the past these explosions only made the local news in N’awlins or Houston, etc. for obvious reasons. But now that Deep-pockets Horizon did its thing, suddenly you will see a rash of news reports on them no matter how trivial.

      “Worker has hangnail on oil rig in gulf” and so on.

      Also, the Katrina disaster is still hot enough for the newsies to hope and pray that another hurricane makes landfall this year, perhaps because they want to show how “quickly and decisively” the boy reacts to it. I was kind of hoping that Earl would create a mega-disaster in DC just to show he’s incompetent even in his own local vicinity, but I could never wish harm on anyone, not even the boy who sits in the president’s chair. So, my hopes are that there are no hurricanes that make US landfall.

      I seriously doubt it’s sabotage on the oil rigs. Explosions can happen and other things but only since April have they been worthy of any reporting by the socialist media.


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