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Gulf Oil Rig Explodes off La. Coast

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Re: Oil platform explodes off La. coast; 13 rescued

From the OP article, it appears there was a small to medium sized explosion on the rig.

The resulting fire appears to have been put out (or nearly so) by now, and from the aerial shots of the rig on pages 2 and 3 of the story linked in the OP, it probably just needs a some repairs.

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From the article:
The company that owns the platform, Houston-based Mariner Energy, did not know what caused the explosion.

Mariner officials said there were seven active production wells on the platform, and they were shut down shortly before the fire broke out.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said the company told him the fire began in 100 barrels of light oil condensate, but officials did not know yet what sparked the flames.

So, it WAS an active platform.

And some type of waste(?) oil/whatever was accidently started on fire? According to what Gov. Jindal says the company that owns the rig said.

Also, there is apparently no spill:
The Coast Guard initially reported that an oil sheen a mile long and 100 feet wide had begun to spread from the site of the blast, about 200 miles west of the source of BP's massive spill. But hours later, Coast Guard Cmdr. Cheri Ben-Iesau said crews were unable to find any spill.
 

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Re: Oil platform explodes off La. coast; 13 rescued

drill baby drill.

The only problem with that, is this was a production platform; not a drilling rig. Let's not go off, half cocked.
 

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Re: Oil platform explodes off La. coast; 13 rescued

All of these recent oil rig issues seem a bit suspicious to me. I smell sabotage.

I know, huh?
 
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