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Gayle in MD
09-02-2010, 11:50 AM
http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/09/02/rescue-efforts-underway-after-oil-rig-accident-in-gulf/

Deeman3
09-02-2010, 12:31 PM
I heard only one was injured and, hopefully, none were killed. they say this one is not going to leak.

I'll hold my breath on that one.

Chopstick
09-02-2010, 12:35 PM
I know. The news came out in the trading room a couple hours ago. ME dropped three bucks and we were trying to find out why. The guys in the NYSE must have known it the minute it happened. The stock dropped before there were any headlines anywhere. Some of the guys pay for a pretty expensive news service and it did not get reported until after the stock dropped.

I can't believe they blew up another one. WTF. A small slick has been spotted. The rig is still on fire.

Gayle in MD
09-02-2010, 02:18 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Deeman3</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I heard only one was injured and, hopefully, none were killed. they say this one is not going to leak.

I'll hold my breath on that one. </div></div>

I hope what we're hearing is accurate, as well.

G.

Gayle in MD
09-02-2010, 02:23 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Chopstick</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I know. The news came out in the trading room a couple hours ago. ME dropped three bucks and we were trying to find out why. The guys in the NYSE must have known it the minute it happened. The stock dropped before there were any headlines anywhere. Some of the guys pay for a pretty expensive news service and it did not get reported until after the stock dropped.

I can't believe they blew up another one. WTF. A small slick has been spotted. The rig is still on fire. </div></div>

Between the other Oil Well fiasco, and the onslaught of Hurricane's coming our way, another oil spill disaster is the last thing we need!

I'm confused, because originally I was reading that this would not become a spill, and now there's a slick????


Like Dee, I am now suspicious of any early reports on these oil disasters.

G.

pooltchr
09-02-2010, 03:04 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Deeman3</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I heard only one was injured and, hopefully, none were killed. they say this one is not going to leak.

I'll hold my breath on that one. </div></div>

Let's hope those reports are correct. If not, perhaps Obama will have a second opportunity to try and get the response correct.

Steve

Sev
09-02-2010, 03:54 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/09/02/louisiana.oil.platform.explosion/index.html

(CNN) -- A fire on a well connected to an oil and gas production platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday is out and there is no indication of an oil sheen, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

There were no serious injuries among the rescued 13 crew members, who were wearing survival suits when they were plucked out of the water. They were being evaluated at Terrebone General Hospital, officials said.

Despite earlier reports, there is no evidence of an oil sheen, said U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Peter Troedsson, adding there were no visible leaks.

"We continue to investigate and to monitor that situation," he said at a news conference.

The vessel the Vermilion Oil Rig 380 was engulfed in flames Thursday morning about 100 miles off the central coast of Louisiana. The fire forced its 13 crew members into the water. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said they were doing maintenance.

Jindal said the men he spoke to were in good spirits and one was being released shortly to go home for his son's birthday. "What's important is there are no injuries, no loss of life," Jindal said.

Mariner Energy, which owns the platform, said that the fire was not sparked by an explosion. It started at one of the platform's seven active wells, the company said.

The cause is not yet known, officials said.

Mariner Energy said it has "shut in" the production platform.

The Vermilion was last inspected in January, said federal officials, indicating a report "was not immediately available."

During the last week of August, production from the platform averaged approximately 9.2 million cubic feet of natural gas a day and 1,400 barrels (58,800 gallons) of oil, the company said.

David Reed, a paramedic on board a nearby oil rig, said he suddenly saw "a bunch of smoke" from the direction of the Vermilion platform, and radios in his rig's control room started "lighting up like a Christmas tree" soon after.

The first report of the fire came from Rotorcraft Leasing, a company that provides helicopter services for the industry, the Coast Guard said.

The incident comes nearly five months after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded April 20, killing 11 people and causing a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico -- one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history. That oil rig, contracted by BP, had 126 workers. It burned for three days before finally sinking.

Thursday's incident took place aboard a production platform, which is built after a well is drilled and remains in place for years. Oil rigs drill the wells. The platforms pump pressure down the hole to keep the well flowing, and sometimes collect the oil or gas, or both.

U.S. agencies and BP capped the ruptured Deepwater Horizon well July 15, stopping the flow of oil into the Gulf. The effects of the huge spill could hurt the region for years.

The failure of the well's blowout preventer triggered the April 20 explosion, and crews are expected to remove the equipment from the well since it may hold valuable forensic evidence as to why it failed.

The Obama administration tried to impose a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling in the wake of the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon in April, but the ban is in legal limbo.

A group of companies that provide boats and equipment to the deepwater drilling industry sued to overturn the ban and won in June. The government tried again in July, imposing a new moratorium and asking for the suit to be thrown out. A federal judge refused this week to dismiss it.

The Vermilion platform did not violate the moratorium, said Melissa Schwartz, spokeswoman for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, which replaced the Minerals Management Service.

"This was an oil and gas production platform in approximately 340 feet of water, 102 miles offshore Louisiana (80 nautical miles)," she said. "This platform was authorized to produce oil and gas at this water depth. The current suspension involves drilling rigs in water depths greater than 500 feet," she said.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday that the federal government has "assets ready" to respond to any environmental problems resulting from the fire on the Vermilion structure.

Mariner Energy describes itself as one of the leading independent oil and gas exploration and production companies in the Gulf of Mexico. The company said it had interests in about 350 federal offshore leases last year, with more than 110 of the 350 in development. The company has about 300 employees. Its most recent quarterly net income was $1.7 million.

Shares of Mariner Energy fell 60 cents to $22.75 on Thursday.

The company is in the process of a planned merger with a larger company, Apache Corp. The merger is about four to six weeks away from completion, an Apache spokesman said.

Chopstick
09-02-2010, 04:08 PM
<span style="color: #3366FF">Well that's weird. First Mariner reports a mile wide spill, now they say there isn't one. Why would Mariner report it if it wasn't there? Maybe it wasn't oil they saw.</span>


(Reuters) - An oil and gas platform operated by Mariner Energy burst into flames in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, but the U.S. Coast Guard said the crew of 13 escaped and there were no signs of an oil spill.
"The boats and the aircraft on scene cannot see a sheen," U.S. Coast Guard Captain Peter Troedsson told a news conference in New Orleans.

Initially, Mariner reported there was a mile-long oily sheen on the water around the platform, according to the government.

The fire burned for several hours before being extinguished. A company spokesman said it started on an upper deck of the platform where living quarters were located, and had not been caused by a "blowout," or sudden release of oil and gas from a well.

The rig had been shut down for maintenance when the accident occurred, U.S. officials said, likely limiting the damage as oil and gas from the ocean floor would not continue to feed the blaze.

"It's unlikely to have long-term implications for production in the Gulf of Mexico," said Raoul LeBlanc, a senior director at PFC Energy in Houston.

Nevertheless, the accident brought unwelcome attention to the offshore drilling industry as it is trying to roll back a moratorium imposed in the wake of the BP Plc disaster, which killed 11 workers and poured millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf from its Macondo field.

Environmental groups said the explosion showed the need to keep the moratorium in place, while White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said he did not know whether the fire would affect the Obama administration's stance.

eg8r
09-02-2010, 04:13 PM
This sucks. Last thing we need is another oil rig blowing up. How many lies will be told this time around...

eg8r