Saturday, September 4, 2010

A Second Oil Rig Has Burned In The Gulf

A Second Oil Rig Has Burned In The Gulf

Oh man, how terrible. I'm referring to my joke there. How insensitive can I be. 9/11 is just a couple of days away (See, I didn't forget! NEVER!) and I make a reference to the classic "a second plane has hit the building"

But sure enough, a second oil rig caught on fire late last week. I know, you were on your labor day weekend vacation. No worries. You have me to fill you in on the stuff you don't care about because it's not leaking oil.... or is it?
GRAND ISLE, La.—An offshore oil rig has exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, west of the site of the April blast that caused the massive oil spill.

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

Ranel says it hasn't been determined whether the structure is a production platform or a drilling rig or whether workers were aboard. Ranel says smoke was reported but it is unclear whether the rig is still burning.

yes. Yes! I guess the worse news about all this is that we're going to have to see the ugly faces of oil CEO exec's. God damn, they're some of the most ugliest mother fuckers around. Forget the greasy turtles and birds, watching one more of the oil CEO's on TV is by far the most offensive thing about all the spills/fires/DPK sub attack. Just look at this fucker!

It's like the excess of wealth is just sitting in his hanging chin. I mean, I know you can't trust the banks, but you don't have to hide your gold doubloon in there. So I guess the question now is if it's going to flood the water with some black ooze like the last one did....
UPDATE 12:24 EST: MSNBC and USA Today are reporting that the Coast Guard has clarified that the explosion occurred at an oil platform and is not an oil drilling rig. The platform, however, is still on fire.
Hear that? Nothing to see, folks. Says U.S coast guard, wholly owned subsidiary of British Petroleum. But then again, this update came out sometime on Friday..
NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) -- The Coast Guard is saying that a mile-long oil sheen is spreading from the site off an offshore petroleum platform that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana.
But now they're saying there isn't any... and I just have to ask why does this all sound familiar? It's as if we should be doing the time warp again!

If you wonder if this will have any significant amount of oil pouring out of it, I doubt it. It's sort of like when you're changing your own oil, and a cop drives by while you're pouring a few quarts down a storm drain. It's just a few hundred dollar fine and wipe your hands on the matter.

Look at this dude. It's like everyone in Houston

Besides that, Deep Water Horizon was only 50 miles offshore. This one is a hundred. So if it does spill any oil, they could probably just lie about it, dump some dispersant on it at night and hope it magically goes away before any news choppers ever show up.

All we need now is someone to cue up an interview with someone with a southern drawl saying, "Yes, it's unsafe but we still must drill forever, until the end of time. Nothing will ever stop me from drilling into this earth on unsafe rigs. Nothing!"

I once read a short story where they drilled for oil with this new drill and it starts leaking blood from the ground and wont stop. Makes you wonder... But then again, I'm not some tree hugging hippie (well, not that much of a tree hugger), so that's just a bit much.

Two oil rigs down, however many more to go! Speaking of which, how many are their out there?

This map is pretty telling and interesting. You'd think they would build these things to last considering they have to withstand at least a couple hurricanes a year. Maybe even withstand an attack by North Korea...

Wait, what? Yeah. There are people that believe that the DWH oil spill was caused by an attack by a DPK sub attack. Here is the full conspiracy I don't have just the conspiracy alone or I would have copy and pasted that, but it sure is funny to think that people actually believe this.

That country that we typically degrade as being crazy and backward has suddenly developed the ability to create a submarine so stealthy it can operate in US territorial waters without being detected. Didn't you know?

So with that, North Korea's secret submarine has sure been busy. Considering we didn't capture it after the BP oil spill, we can't really be surprised by this newest oil rig fire. It's a better twist than when they throw some empty suit under the bus instead of providing meaningful investigations and regulations.

I am waiting for when they start to blame the environmentalist themselves. It wont surprise me at all when there's some revised statement and the Mariner Energy spokesman ends up telling CNN that in addition to the 13 workers who survived the blast this time, there was another who did not make it off the platform. A 14th worker, an EPA inspector, who ends up being the source of the explosion.

You remember that movie Water World? Yeah, I'm guessing we're heading towards that future only instead of water, we're all going to be living on oil. In short - Death is certain.

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