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Coast Guard Searches for 2 After Oil Platform Fire

Environment  (tags: Explosion, BP, Oil Rig, 2 Missing )

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The eruption of a fire on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico -- which left two workers missing and four others badly burned. Gulf Coast Oil Rig Bursts Into Flames; 2 Workers Missing, 4 Injured


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Barbara W (342)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 10:30 am
Excerpt: " is a vivid reminder of the dangers involved in offshore drilling and the risk it poses to the Gulf's ecosystem and shoreline.

The Coast Guard was searching Saturday for two workers missing after the fire broke out Friday, sending an ominous black plume of smoke into the air reminiscent of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion that transformed the oil industry and life along the Gulf Coast.

The blaze, which started while workers were using a torch to cut an oil line, critically injured at least four workers. Those workers were burned, but their burns were not as extensive as initially reported, said Leslie Hoffman, a spokeswoman for Black Elk Energy, which owned the platform. Their conditions Saturday were stable but critical, she said.

Coast Guard officials said in a news release Saturday that helicopters were searching for the missing workers from the air, while a cutter searched the sea."

This was said to be an accident waiting to happen according to a whistle blower who was, as usual, ignored.." More at link...

Barbara W (342)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 10:32 am
From what the news is reporting this was an accident that could have been avoided and begs the "Question", why was someone hired that was not aware that Using a blow torch in certain areas could prove to be deadly?

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Saturday November 17, 2012, 2:10 pm

Kris B (136)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 5:00 am
These companies dont seem to follow the same rules as other businesses. For an accident they should be shut down for a year...that would hurt their profit line. They dont own the ocean but they can use it as they please. Every thing else has to suffer under the platform, in the water near and people on shore for the companies greed.

Barbara W (342)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 8:00 pm
Gr$$d Has No Conscience! No moral foundation.Madness rules...

. (0)
Monday November 26, 2012, 10:05 am
noted. You said it Barbara -greed has no conscience AND no morals
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