UPDATE: Inactive Oil Rig Fire In Louisiana Injures 3 Workers
On Wednesday, Care2 reported on the explosion of another oil rig in Jefferson Parish, LA, waters 20 miles south of New Orleans.
The rig was not active, and was not used for drilling. Although the fire that resulted from the explosion was significant, with 100 foot flames springing from the burnt wellhead in Bayou Perot at some points, the blaze was put out quickly and no pollution has been detected in the water so far (WDAM).
Although the environment seems to have survived this incident fairly unscathed, the workers that were welding on the workover rig when the explosion occurred didn’t fare so well.
According to FuelFix.com, the rig is owned by a company called Grosse Tete but the company that reported the incident was Louisiana Delta Oil.
Jefferson Parish President John Young told WDAM he wants an environmental team to check out the scene to make sure there was no contamination.
“We should take all precautions as they’ve done and we should monitor it to make sure and ascertain and document that there was in fact no oil or gas leak as a result of this incident,” Young said.
While it’s fortunate that this rig was inactive and resulted in almost no contamination of the Bayou Perot, this is yet another example of the dangers of offshore drilling, both for the environment and rig workers.
Although the Grosse Tete rig explosion pales in comparison to the magnitude of what happened with BP and the Deepwater Horizon, what if we weren’t so lucky?
The drilling ban announced by President Obama yesterday only pertains to NEW drilling, and really only makes the dirty, dangerous issue of offshore drilling in U.S. waters another administration’s problem.
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