Thursday, September 02, 2010

Boom goes the oil rig

Another oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico has exploded:
An offshore oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, west of the site of the April blast that caused the massive oil spill.

A commercial helicopter company reported the blast around 9:30 a.m. CDT Thursday, Coast Guard Petty Officer Casey Ranel said. Seven helicopters, two airplanes and four boats were en route to the site, about 80 miles south of Vermilion Bay along the central Louisiana coast.

The Coast Guard said initial reports indicated all 13 crew members from the rig were in the water. One was injured, but there were no deaths.
The rig in question apparently a production rig, not a drilling rig. Read the complete story at The Huffington Post.

I can't imagine why anyone would want to inspect or regulate these things.

Fun Fact: the company that operates the rig that exploded today held a demonstration against greater safety regulation yesterday in New Orleans.

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