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Gulf Oil Rig Explosion

posted on April 21, 2010 in Oil Drilling

Remember when the oil lobbyists told us that drilling was safe nowadays. Well this is just another instance that shows it is not.

At least 11 people were missing and seven were critically injured after an explosion on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday.

The explosion happened about 10 p.m. CT (11 p.m. ET) Tuesday on a rig named the Deepwater Horizon. It was about 52 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana, said Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty Officer Mike O’Berry.

At the time of the explosion, 126 were on board the rig, O’Berry said. Read more at CNN.com.

9 Comments

  1. Well Like the Lobbyists you hove no clue what your’re talking about. All you can do is speculate on what happen. The work is dangerous work yes, safe for the environment is all you’re worried about. This will be twisted by you and others into an environmental disaster when it’s only natural gas burning.

    Comment by Sam — April 21, 2010 @ 7:20 am

  2. Sam, what was said above to prompt you to write “you have no clue what you’re talking about”? Is it that I said lobbyists claimed drilling to be safe when it is not? That can’t be it because you actually agreed with that statement in your comment. As far as I see it, there is no speculation. And while the environment is one priority to look out for, so too is economic sense.

    Comment by B_Chumney — April 21, 2010 @ 7:32 am

  3. Sam: From the NY Times:

    “The rig is leaning badly,” Mr. Nungesser said in an interview with WWL-TV, a New Orleans television station. He added that Coast Guard officials felt “like it may go over sometime today.”

    Sure sounds like an environmental disaster to me.

    Comment by Anon — April 21, 2010 @ 7:36 am

  4. Again, how does that lend itself to giving you any credence to write “you have no clue what you’re talking about”? Did I write the NY Times article? Did I even quote the NY Times article?

    Comment by B_Chumney — April 21, 2010 @ 7:53 am

  5. B_Chumney: My previous was post was directed to Sam, not you, and was in support of your position. This oil rig disaster, and its potential ecological devastation, is irrefutable proof that we can’t allow drilling here in Florida.
    Keep up the good work.

    Comment by Anon — April 21, 2010 @ 11:00 am

  6. good morning Sam. Read the Times yet?

    “The accident may also serve as a disturbing reminder to states like Florida that offshore drilling holds environmental risks, even though the industry has long claimed that big spills are a thing of the past and that improved technologies have lowered the chances of spillage.”

    Comment by Anon — April 23, 2010 @ 3:55 am

  7. By JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press Writers Janet Mcconnaughey, Associated Press Writers – 23 mins ago
    NEW ORLEANS – No oil appeared to be leaking from a drilling rig that exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard said Friday,

    Comment by Anonymous — April 23, 2010 @ 5:36 am

  8. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry said Friday morning that no oil appeared to be leaking from a well head at the ocean floor, nor was any leaking at the water’s surface

    Comment by Anonymous — April 23, 2010 @ 5:38 am

  9. It’s disingenuous to crop text and offer it as a quote to try and give it new meaning.

    “No oil appeared to be leaking after a drilling rig exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard said Friday, though officials were trying to contain what spilled from the blast and prevent any threat to the coast’s fragile ecosystem.”

    “Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry said Friday morning that no oil appeared to be leaking from a well head at the ocean floor, nor was any leaking at the water’s surface. But she said crews were closely monitoring the rig for any more crude that might spill out.”

    “The crew was finishing the well about 50 miles off the Louisiana coast when the rig exploded. Officials have not said what caused the blast, and the oil they are dealing with now is left over from the explosion and sinking.”

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100423/ap_on_bi_ge/us_louisiana_oil_rig_explosion

    Comment by B_Chumney — April 23, 2010 @ 8:14 am

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