Another Oil Rig Exploded in the Gulf Of Mexico

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        Normally I don't post news articles but this is potentially devastatin to an already devastaded region:

        An offshore oil platform exploded and was burning Thursday in the Gulf of Mexico about 80 miles south of Vermilion Bay. All 13 workers were rescued from the water, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

        The explosion aboard the platform, owned by Mariner Energy, occurred west of the site of the April offshore rig blast that caused the massive BP oil spill.
        Patrick Cassidy, a spokesman for Mariner Energy, told CNBC that there does not appear to be any oil leaking.

        The Coast Guard said no one was killed in the explosion, which was reported by a commercial helicopter flying over the site around 9 a.m. CDT.

        All 13 workers at the platform were plucked from the water by a supply boat and taken to another platform where they were waiting to be picked up by the Coast Guard, the agency said.

        Coast Guard Cmdr. Cheri Ben-Iesau said one of the 13 people rescued was reported injured.

        In Washington, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said that person was being transported out of the area. The extent and nature of the injury was not immediately known.

        The platform continued to burn several hours hours after the explosion, said Coast Guard fireman Katherine McNamara.

        No oil or sheen from the burning platform was seen in the water by Coast Guard helicopters on scene, McNamara said.

        Coast Guard Cmdr. Cheri Ben-Iesau said seven Coast Guard helicopters, two airplanes and three cutters were dispatched to the scene from New Orleans, Houston and Mobile, Ala.

        Gibbs said a federal government response was ready if needed.

        "We obviously have response assets ready for deployment, should we receive reports of pollution in the water," Gibbs told a daily briefing.

        The Department of Homeland Security said the platform, known as Vermilion Oil Platform 380, was owned by Mariner Energy of Houston. DHS said it was not producing oil and gas.

        Mariner Energy focuses on oil and gas exploration on the Gulf of Mexico. In April, Apache Corp., another independent petroleum company, announced plans to buy Mariner in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $3.9 billion, including the assumption of about $1.2 billion of Mariner's debt. That deal is pending.

        Company records show that the platform and rig is in 340 feet of water.

        Vermilion 380 is likely a fixed, manned production platform -- not a well being drilled for oil, like BP's Macondo well and not a floating rig like the Deepwater Horizon, the Times-Picayune reported.

        Lee Hunt, president of the International Association of Drilling Contractors, told the Times-Picayune these types of structures are permanently in place, often with a pipeline or oil and gas and water separation facilities on board.

        "It's more like a small offshore refining operation," he told the newspaper.

        The platform is about 200 miles west of BP's blown out Macondo well. On Friday, BP was expected to begin the process of removing the cap and failed blow-out preventer, another step toward completion of a relief well that would complete the choke of the well.

        The BP-leased rig Deepwater Horizon exploded April 20, killing 11 people and setting off the biggest maritime oil spill in history. The well spewed an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf before BP was able to cap it in mid-July.
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        WTF?!?!

        Booo73 wrote:


        Vermilion 380 is likely a fixed, manned production platform -- not a well being drilled for oil, like BP's Macondo well and not a floating rig like the Deepwater Horizon, the Times-Picayune reported.




        is "likely?"  I dont understand.    It either is or it isn't.  How can something like this be ambiguous?
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        Oh Good God No... something is going on... those poor men im glad they are reporting as being rescued, and another good thing is it says the platform wasn't produicing.. but this is just crazy... now another explosion in the same area?
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        Makes me so mad/sad when I hear and see things happening in these day...

        What are we doing to the earth and basically to ourselves?

        I am forever confused by this keeps happening...why can't we just kill the sources and shut them off?(if you know who I am talking about!) Why these men still having businesses...but then again...how well do we know who is the main fault or who isn't...
        I am just so frustrated and tired from their games!
        What good do we really have to give to our children?...
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        Hate to say this wanhee, but if you kill the source, you kill thousands of people. How does the food on your table get to the store? How can a store receive products? How can you get to work (I walked for 18 months to work and back, but that was only 4 miles daily)

        Our love of cars and a "Quick Trip" has made this where we demand oil to be found, drilled, refined and sold...Because WE want it.

        Do you really want to go back to the early 1800's when we used mainly horse and buggies? 5 miles an hour top speed? a trip to the market was only once a month (If you were on a ranch, cause you only need some basics Flour, sugar and such) on average.

        I realize that incidents like these are terrible, but due to the demand we place on gas companies (Besides BP) we really have only ourselves to blame...

        Well, maybe Henry Ford too...:P
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        Clearly, Al Gore is torpedo-ing these rigs with his secret submarine.
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        genenco wrote:

        Hate to say this wanhee, but if you kill the source, you kill thousands of people. How does the food on your table get to the store? How can a store receive products? How can you get to work (I walked for 18 months to work and back, but that was only 4 miles daily)

        Our love of cars and a "Quick Trip" has made this where we demand oil to be found, drilled, refined and sold...Because WE want it.

        Do you really want to go back to the early 1800's when we used mainly horse and buggies? 5 miles an hour top speed? a trip to the market was only once a month (If you were on a ranch, cause you only need some basics Flour, sugar and such) on average.

        I realize that incidents like these are terrible, but due to the demand we place on gas companies (Besides BP) we really have only ourselves to blame...

        Well, maybe Henry Ford too...:P


        Big Oil has so much control and leverage...over the years, Big Oil has made us dependent on them.  With todays technology, we are absolutely capable of doing without this messy oil.  Numerous alternative fuels are available, but Big Oil sure as hell is not gonna go down without a fight...theres too much money to be lost for them.  Again, money...the root of evil.

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        genenco wrote:

        Do you really want to go back to the early 1800's when we used mainly horse and buggies? 5 miles an hour top speed? a trip to the market was only once a month (If you were on a ranch, cause you only need some basics Flour, sugar and such) on average.


        Actually it sounds really great,Gene...just imagine it...no pollutions, no accidents...there will be no drunk drivers...

        I know what you are saying Gene...and I too agree..."we really have only ourselves to blame..."...YUP!
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        ishin wrote:

        Again, money...the root of evil.


        AMEN!!!
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        wnanhee wrote:

        Actually it sounds really great,Gene...just imagine it...no pollutions, no accidents...there will be no drunk drivers...



        Nope, we'd still have the drunk drivers...The good side is, there'd be few fatalties!
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        ahem....
        it's the Love of Money that is the root of all evil and we all live in the Al Gore submarine...Al Gore submarine...the Al Gore submarine...

        Texas beaches have been full of tar balls and trash since I was a teenager, mostly from offshore oil rigs and passing fishing boats and tankers dumping their trash.  I've never heard any stories of outrage about that but it always has bothered me. 

        Not only do I have to get sweaty, bit by mosquitos, sunburnt, sandy in places sand should not be and stung by jellyfish and portugese man-o-war, but also have to scrape globs of oily tar off of everything and try to get the residue off the skin.  Thank God for Dawn dishwashing detergent!  It's as essential to withstanding the terrors of the beach as Sun&Ski or Coppertone.
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        It makes you kind of wonder why this stuff is happening again... I feel bad for the people who make a living from the ocean and of course the sea life!!

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