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Another Gulf Oil Rig Explodes

CmdrTaco posted more than 4 years ago | from the here-we-go-again dept.

News 423

A few readers have noted that another gulf oil rig has exploded. This one is off the coast of Lousiana. So far all the workers are accounted for, but they are in immersion suits waiting for rescue.

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Bah. (4, Funny)

jpapon (1877296) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452314)

Call me back when there's oil spewing.

Re:Bah. (-1, Troll)

M. Kristopeit (1890764) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452386)

they don't know if oil is not spewing... i know because i read about this on 10 other sites many hours ago.

slashdot = stagnated

Re:Bah. (1)

Hijacked Public (999535) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452484)

Do those sites have stock quotes too?

Because 'many hours ago' this event hadn't happened yet, and if the sites were reporting on it they are either oracles or terrorists.

Either way I can make me some money.

Re:Bah. (1)

jsnipy (913480) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452874)

sites were reporting on it they are either oracles or ...

i just knew Larry Ellison was behind this

Re:Bah. (4, Insightful)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452502)

slashdot = stagnated

Yeah, it's kinda funny how a news aggregator doesn't seem to post news before any other sites, isn't it?

Re:Bah. (-1, Troll)

M. Kristopeit (1890764) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452738)

funny how you think slashdot is a news aggregator... used to be a publisher when i started reading in the 90s....... i must have missed the memo.

slashdot = stagnated

Re:Bah. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33452820)

Your user ID has 7 digits. You started reading last month.

Re:Bah. (-1, Troll)

M. Kristopeit (1890764) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452916)

i sign up new USERS all the time. i assure you, i'm the same PERSON.

you're an idiot... but you know that.

Re:Bah. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33453002)

And you appear exceptionally intelligent.

Not get the fuck off this stagnated site so the rest of us don't have to read your shitty posts.

Re:Bah. (1)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 4 years ago | (#33453052)

::cue anonymous troll who only posts about sopssa::

Re:Bah. (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#33453050)

i must have missed the memo

I'll make sure you get a copy.

Slashdot has definately turned into a News Aggregator - you'll notice that besides "Ask Slashdot" - nothing makes it to the front page without a link to another news website.

Re:Bah. (-1, Troll)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452924)

Call me back when there's oil spewing.

Irrelevant. According to TFA it's owned by "Houston-based Mariner Energy.".

Good ole 'Merkan oil leaks are just part of the a cost of freedom. The freedom to drive vehicles that do gallons per mile, apparently.

It's only smart-talking Queen-salutin' high-falutin' fancy-accent limey oil[1] that kills wildlife, causes cancer and supports tayrzum.

Didn't you learn anything from the Exxon Valdez?

[1] From a company that's 40% US owned, but who cares about facts when you're number one?

Cap (2, Interesting)

codepunk (167897) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452352)

The experience gained over the last few months means they should be able to cap this one very quickly.

Re:Cap (1)

fruviad (5032) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452426)

Yeah...it'll probably take no more than 8 weeks.

Re:Cap (1)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452566)

Yeah...it'll probably take no more than 8 weeks...

...Of arguing over who to blame this time.

Re:Cap (3, Funny)

gandhi_2 (1108023) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452498)

Cap baby, cap?

Trade (1)

Torodung (31985) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452866)

"Trade baby, trade" is more likely to be the new slogan. I can hear the selloffs now.

--
Toro

Re:Cap (1)

bsDaemon (87307) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452564)

That's assuming all things being equal, which likely they aren't. If the pipe hadn't been broken in the very specific way it was with the BP rig, then earlier attempts would have been successful. If a cap is even needed in this case, it might require some special steps which haven't been required on the BP rig due to specific circumstances.

But between two oil rig explosions and the Chilean mine collapse, perhaps we can get closer to realizing that trying to energy out of the ground isn't exactly the best idea.

Re:Cap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33452722)

But between two oil rig explosions and the Chilean mine collapse, perhaps we can get closer to realizing that trying to energy out of the ground isn't exactly the best idea.

But are you living up to that standard or are you still driving a SUV with a Save ANWR sticker on the bumper?

Your sentiment is nice in theory but your lifestyle likely contridicts it. Not just you alone either... I'm sure a ton of the people here cawing on about "drill baby drill" are in the same boat. A lot of finger pointing and damn little in the way of living up to the rhetoric.

Re:Cap (-1, Troll)

bsDaemon (87307) | more than 4 years ago | (#33453040)

I drive a pickup truck, but actually use the pickup truck-like features. I'm not some douche-bag Manhattanite driving a Range Rover. I try to drive as little as possible. But the area I live in gets a fairly significant chuck of its electricity from a nuke plant, so that's something at least.

Re:Cap (3, Insightful)

gardyloo (512791) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452992)

The Chilean mine is for gold and copper. You might argue that it's even less important than "energy", or that it's more important, or that it provides some sort of "economic energy" or psychological energy, or whatever. But good luck getting gold and copper anywhere else (other than recycling).

Re:Cap (4, Informative)

spun (1352) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452586)

This one isn't a deep water rig, so it should be much easier to cap.

Re:Cap (1)

AdmiralXyz (1378985) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452950)

There's not going to be a leak this time. It's a stationary "midway-house delivery" platform, not a drilling platform.

Not downplaying the significance of this (what was it the energy industry said about the BP explosion being a "once-in-a-lifetime" event and so Obama's drilling ban was unwarranted?), but we don't need to worry about another spill.

Ecotage? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33452360)

Could some group be committing ecotage for nefarious ends?

Re:Ecotage? (0, Troll)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452440)

I'm sure we'll be hearing all kinds of crackpot theories from the usual suspects in the far right of the political spectrum.

Re:Ecotage? (1)

daem0n1x (748565) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452794)

Yeah, and it's Obama's fault, of course.

Re:Ecotage? (2, Funny)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452958)

It's terrorists, I tell ya! And remember, if you stop drivin' your Hummer, the terrorists win!

Not again... (0)

jbwolfe (241413) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452366)

It will be obviously difficult for mainstream media to cover this objectively. Hope the drillers are safe... BTW first post Oops second post

Re:Not again... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33453014)

Not a drill rig, but a production platform.

Again? (-1, Redundant)

the_leander (759904) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452372)

Ok, who is going to be the first then to attempt to gain political capital out of this I wonder...

Re:Again? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33452410)

BP. "See! We're not the only ones!"

Re:Again? (1)

arth1 (260657) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452766)

Ok, who is going to be the first then to attempt to gain political capital out of this I wonder...

Dunno, but you were third in your attempt to gain slashdot karma out of this, so you tell us.

Re:Again? (0, Redundant)

the_leander (759904) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452984)

Well played!

As to the question itself.

I dunno who'll be first. But I would imagine a fair few PR firms and spin doctors in the US and elsewhere are warming up in preparation for it.

Really It's a BP... (1)

g0bshiTe (596213) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452388)

publicity stunt to take some heat off of them. "look it happens to everyone here"

BP (5, Funny)

UncleWilly (1128141) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452408)

I wonder if BP execs will give themselves a bonus.

"Hey! It wasn't one of ours!" bonus.

Re:BP (2, Interesting)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452604)

I wonder if BP execs will give themselves a bonus.

"Hey! It wasn't one of ours!" bonus.

Actually, my sister works for ExxonMobil. Her comment on the BP disaster was, "Well, at least we are not responsible for the biggest ecological catastrophe any more"

Re:BP (2, Insightful)

spun (1352) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452636)

Don't forget the 'giving ourselves a bonus' bonus. Handing out bonuses is hard work.

Maybe (5, Insightful)

moogied (1175879) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452418)

JUST MAYBE, we should look into this stuff.. I know, it happens off of the land so "civilians" are safe, but I am about 99% sure when big metal buildings *EXPLODE*, something is wrong. Once in a year? Extremely bad. Twice in a year? Something is broken.

Re:Maybe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33452494)

JUST MAYBE, we should look into this stuff.. I know, it happens off of the land so "civilians" are safe, but I am about 99% sure when big metal buildings *EXPLODE*, something is wrong. Once in a year? Extremely bad. Twice in a year? Something is broken.

Oh no, no, no, didn't you hear? The Gulf Oil explosion was an outlier, it was something that happens so rarely it should not interrupt our DRILL BABY DRILL mentality.

Re:Maybe (1)

jpapon (1877296) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452528)

Well, it's dangerous work. I'm not saying safety isn't important, but if you want to make a cake you gotta break some eggs.

And if you want to make enough cake to feed 230 million American cars, you better get crackin asap

Re:Maybe (5, Informative)

jpapon (1877296) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452616)

Just to back up my own argument that this is nothing new:

The U.S. Minerals Management Service reported 69 offshore deaths, 1,349 injuries, and 858 fires and explosions on offshore rigs in the Gulf of Mexico from 2001 to 2010. [wikipedia.org]

We're only hearing about every new fire/explosion now because of the massive spill. Give it a few months, and nobody will be reporting on these types of stories.

Re:Maybe (5, Informative)

omglolbah (731566) | more than 4 years ago | (#33453010)

I've worked on the safety system of some major rigs in the Norwegian sections of the North Sea and I cannot see how this could happen if proper procedures and sane safety systems were in place...

Hell, there are so many sensors and so strict procedures in place that alarms go off like mad if there is even a tiny leak somewhere...

Re:Maybe (1)

Terwin (412356) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452548)

You don't suppose there might be a group of extremists that are against the US producing it's own oil do you?

This might be coincidence, but I would look very closely at both events for evidence of terrorist activities(Environmental, Islamic, or perhaps some sort of alliance)

Re:Maybe (2, Funny)

0xdeadbeef (28836) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452666)

It's very likely. But never forget that they are merely the pawns of the Psi Corps.

Re:Maybe (1)

jpapon (1877296) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452694)

This might be coincidence, but I would look very closely at both events for evidence of terrorist activities(Environmental, Islamic, or perhaps some sort of alliance)

Are you serious? A fire starts on a platform pulling extremely flammable gases and liquids from great depths at extremely high pressures, and you suspect terrorist activities? Fires are a regular occurrence on oil rigs, it comes with the territory.

Re:Maybe (0, Flamebait)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452762)

First and most obvious place to look is the EcoIslamoScubaFascists. Then work your way down the list from there. Be sure to keep us updated on what you find out.

Re:Maybe (2, Funny)

flaming error (1041742) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452834)

I happen to know that it's the super-secret Godless Liberal Bleeding-Heart Peacenik Eco-terrorist Jihadist Martyrdom Brigade! Peace be upon them.

Re:Maybe (0, Flamebait)

daem0n1x (748565) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452894)

Yeah, lookout for the extremely dangerous green talibans, they're attacking everywhere! Did you take your pills, today?

Re:Maybe (1)

flaming error (1041742) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452664)

> Twice in a year? Something is broken.

Why? Foot traffic at 7-11 is bursty. Traffic accidents are bursty. Weather is bursty.

What mechanism would force oil rig explosions to be chronologically separated by the Earth completing an orbit around the Sun?

Re:Maybe (1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452730)

To answer your question: NO!

Of-course not.

Also wikileaks must be closed, Assange needs to go to prison, in Iraq WMDs were found and now the country is free and democratic, all Taliban and Al Qaeda are destroyed, Iran can be taken by US and UN forces in days without any major problems, SS is not spent, taxes need to continue be paid to the gov't, who is clearly on the right path of doing everything correctly, the jobless economy recovery is getting better, even though the trade is not balanced, the gov't can continue spending even though it's borrowing all debt at short term t-bills and printing all the USD is not going to cause hyper-inflationary depression, stimulating spending is the way to fix economy, US not being competitive in the global market does not matter, gov't can fix everything.

So again, NO.

Re:Maybe (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452846)

It's funny that a year is your arbitrary marker for between "Bad" and "Broken". What if it had been 366 days?

Point is, none of the Gulf Rigs should be exploding. I think "Never" would have been a good record to aim for, not "Once in a while" or even "Rarely".

Re:Maybe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33452848)

Or someone is breaking them. China sabotaging the U.S.?

Re:Maybe (4, Interesting)

bmajik (96670) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452858)

Not to discredit the idea that domestic and off-shore drilling and oil recovery should be as safe as possible... but

It still kills fewer americans than getting oil from other places... like the middle east.

Re:Maybe (1)

RobVB (1566105) | more than 4 years ago | (#33453006)

I know, it happens off of the land so "civilians" are safe

There are still civilians working on those platforms. This time, fortunately, none of them died and only one got injured, but we should think about the people living on these big exploding metal buildings.

oil is well, nothing to see (1)

smittyman (466522) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452424)

Here we go again...

i can still remember all the companies telling they are taking realy good precautions and spend sooo much money on safety and quality....

Wanna bet who will pay the bill for the loss of their revenue?

Let's see how they'll spin it this time /sarcasm mode idle

Drilling Moratorium (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33452428)

Oh yeah, that 6-month moratorium on deepwater drilling seems like an overreaction now...

Re:Drilling Moratorium (1)

wjousts (1529427) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452582)

Yeah, thank $deity that a judge had the good sense to overturn that one.

Re:Drilling Moratorium (1)

Higaran (835598) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452648)

You beat me to it you bastard, ;) If if doesn't get cleared trough now, then it never will.

Re:Drilling Moratorium (3, Insightful)

snowraver1 (1052510) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452778)

Do you really think that would have made a difference? There are literally thousands or oil rigs in the Gulf right now. Having a 6 month hold on new drilling was nothing more than a PR stunt.

Re:Drilling Moratorium (3, Informative)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452960)

This was an operational rig, not a drilling operation so the moratorium has nothing to do with this.

"Coast Guard officials said they do not yet know if there is any type of leak associated with this explosion.

They said there are reports it was not actively producing product, but they will investigate whether there is any type of environmental impact.

The rig is known as "Vermilion 398."'

No Oil (-1, Troll)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452436)

How about mentioning in the summary that, as of right now, it is believed that the rig was not actively pumping oil and that there is currently no known oil leak into the gulf? Or does that take too much of the sensationalism out of it?

Re:No Oil (1)

stagg (1606187) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452542)

I don't think that's necessarily going to soothe people. They've seen the repercussions at their worst, or very near it, and now they're seeing what looks like evidence of a high failure rate. Outrage can be expected, and to some extent it's understandable. It's anecdotal evidence, and screams of observation bias, but the existence of those biases does not mean that people are wrong. Scrutinizing the source of all that outrage can't possibly hurt. A properly functioning government would ensure that's done.

Re:No Oil (2, Informative)

wjousts (1529427) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452622)

This is breaking news. The details are a little sketchy right now. Nobody said oil was leaking either, so calm down.

Re:No Oil (1)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452712)

Except, with recent history as a precedent and still fresh in peoples' minds, most people would immediately assume the worst, ie another spill with millions flowing out a day. Prudence dictates that it should be mentioned that there is no known leak at this time. Otherwise it IS sensationalism (although apparently someone above doesn't seem to like it being pointed out)

Re:No Oil (1)

ckblackm (1137057) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452640)

Post @ 11:53am EST on CNN: Asked about concerns regarding oil leaks or pollution, [U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Bill] Colclough said "there are reports the rig was not actively producing any product, so we don't know if there's any risk of pollution." I'd hardly give that a "No Oil"... I'd rather wait and see the facts... but "No Oil" sounds better, right? In the mean time, they'll have to put out the fire, and tend to the 13 rig workers who went overboard.

Re:No Oil (1)

Abcd1234 (188840) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452770)

Which, if true, begs the obvious question (yeah, I used that phrase that way, fuck off pedants): how the hell does a non-producing oil rig explode?

Re:No Oil (1)

EW87 (951411) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452808)

Those non-oil-having spontaneously exploding buildings.

Re:No Oil (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33452810)

Well, Deepwater Horizon wasn't actively pumping oil either if you recall.

Re:No Oil (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33452872)

How about mentioning in the summary that, as of right now, it is believed that the rig was not actively pumping oil and that there is currently no known oil leak into the gulf? Or does that take too much of the sensationalism out of it?

Yes. and in addition, in all probability the blow out preventer works.

Re:No Oil (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33452888)

I for one welcome our spontaneously combusting oil rig overlords.

Re:No Oil (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452962)

Jumping to conclusion is the only excercise that Slashdot readers perform frequently. This kind of summaries are that way for our own health.

I'm reminded of a chant... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33452452)

DRILL BABY DRILL!

Fuck The Ecomaniacs (1)

XPeter (1429763) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452466)

Start building nuclear plants, and invest in clean-coal.

Re:Fuck The Ecomaniacs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33452800)

...because the worst-case scenario with nuclear plants is pretty rosy, right? If all you're going to base policy on is worst-case scenarios then nothing becomes acceptable. If you're willing to look beyond the worst possible outcome you'll see that the current system isn't really failing so miserably.

Re:Fuck The Ecomaniacs (5, Insightful)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452964)

Clean coal? I hate to tell you this... No, actually, I love to tell you this. Clean coal is a lie.

You would get more energy out of coal if you were to filter the radioactive particles from it and use that in a nuclear reactor than if you had burned the coal normally.

All that ash and coke, full of mercury, heavy metals and other toxic stuff has to go somewhere, It either goes in the air for us all to breath or it gets stored and eventually makes its way into our soil and water supply.

CO2 sequestration can not work, you are talking about pumping billions of tons of gas underground into pockets in the rock. This has been shown to cause minor earthquakes, those earthquakes will eventually result in a blowout event, a blowout event will kill everyone in the area as the CO2 suffocates everyone, similar events happen all the time in Africa with natural CO2 sources.

Nuclear? sure, but we need to reprocess waste instead of storing it, preferably inside the reactor.
Solar? sure.
Wind? Ok, but it is unreliable so you can't rely on it for than a relatively small amount of the grid power.
Clean Coal? make me laugh.

Re:Fuck The Ecomaniacs (1, Troll)

daem0n1x (748565) | more than 4 years ago | (#33453020)

Wow, what a spin! Two oil rigs explode, so the environmentalists are to blame! Have you considered a career in Fox News?

Re:Fuck The Ecomaniacs (1)

LingNoi (1066278) | more than 4 years ago | (#33453072)

Still wouldn't get rid of the need for oil. What do you think that keyboard you type on is made of?

BLAME BP (0, Troll)

joe545 (871599) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452474)

Even though it's not their rig, I'm sure BP had some nefarious hand in it all. The oil leak, hurricanes, Lockerbie, 9-11 etc and now this!

Re:BLAME BP (2, Informative)

shaitand (626655) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452610)

Are you sure? The reports I've read don't say whose rig it is.

Re:BLAME BP (1)

XPeter (1429763) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452644)

The platform was in about 2,500 feet of water and owned by Mariner Energy of Houston.

Re:BLAME BP (1)

Hijacked Public (999535) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452922)

Which is being purchased by Apache Energy, and Apache is buying some BP assets [apachecorp.com] . Bang, BP's involvement now established for the purposes of conspiracy propagation.

Gee Wally... (1)

soulsteal (104635) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452554)

If only there had been some sort of procedure by which the off-shore drilling could have been suspended, like, say, a moratorium....

Re:Gee Wally... (3, Insightful)

jpapon (1877296) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452826)

Wasn't the moratorium on deep water drilling? I haven't been able to find this info, but I'm not sure this was a deepwater rig. It was 80 miles offshore, but the Gulf doesn't get "deep" until a long ways out.

Anyways, fires happen all the time on oil rigs, it's nothing new, or even exceptional: "The U.S. Minerals Management Service reported 69 offshore deaths, 1,349 injuries, and 858 fires and explosions on offshore rigs in the Gulf of Mexico from 2001 to 2010." [wikipedia.org]

Re:Gee Wally... (1)

Abcd1234 (188840) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452842)

Off-shore drilling was never going to be suspended. There was some talk of a moratorium on *new exploration*, but that wouldn't have applied to this rig.

Re:Gee Wally... (1)

Grygus (1143095) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452844)

It already wasn't actually producing anything. Would a moratorium have changed anything?

Re:Gee Wally... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33452908)

But, that's just "Obama trying to break us"!!! http://thinkprogress.org/2010/09/02/mariner-oil-obama/ [thinkprogress.org]

Re:Gee Wally... (2, Insightful)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 4 years ago | (#33453008)

That would have had no effect. This rig already existed, stopping new construction of rigs would have made no difference except that when the moratorium ends you have workers that are out of practice.

A bit more information (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33452556)

Different article on the newly exploded oil rig:
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2010/09/wdsu-oil-rig-explosion-in-gulf-off-louisiana/1?csp=hf [USAToday]

According to this article, the rig was/is not producing any oil at all, and it's a different type of rig compared to the BP rig that we all know of. It's bad, sure, but beyond politics making a huff about it, I doubt this will turn into anything really major.

Then again, politics/media WILL make it a big deal regardless.

Coast Choppers? (2, Funny)

multipartmixed (163409) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452572)

Posted at 11:43 a.m.] U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Bill Colclough tells CNN that all 13 workers involved in the production platform explosion are accounted for, but one person is injured.

Coast Choppers are on the way to the site 80 miles south of Vermilion Bay.

So... how exactly are the Feuding Teutels going to be of any use? Will Vinnie fix the oil rig? Will Mikey bake the rescued workers some special brownies?

Ban Oil, Nuclear, AND Coal ( +1, Clean ) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33452608)

and extract NATURAL GAS to power vehicles and heat homes. However, the OIL LOBBY would stop that.

Yours In Akademgorodok,
K. Trout

Re:Ban Oil, Nuclear, AND Coal ( +1, Clean ) (1)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 4 years ago | (#33453044)

Nice try anon, or should I call you T. Boone Pickens?

Re:Ban Oil, Nuclear, AND Coal ( +1, Clean ) (2, Interesting)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 4 years ago | (#33453054)

Thats what we do in Alaska, however our close in Natural Gas reserves are falling off.

We'd be alot better off with a nuclear power plant but we don't have enough people here to make it economical.

The US and Canada would be better off replacing natural gas and coal generation with nuclear and exporting the natural gas and coal.

the oil industry should get a lotto ticket (1)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452724)

Okay, so the oil industry says that this sort of event is "a million to one" to happen, and we've had two within a few months. By their estimates, we've already reached a scenario less likely than Evangelion's Zero-Nine probability... or maybe, just maybe, these oil rigs are a lot less safe than they'd have us believe?

Re:the oil industry should get a lotto ticket (1)

Duradin (1261418) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452782)

This one was probably their planned yearly rig cook-off to drive up gas prices for the last gasp of summer (before they have to switch to producing the more expensive winter gas).

Re:the oil industry should get a lotto ticket (1)

jpapon (1877296) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452868)

The million to one was the safety valve gizmo failing, I think it was called the "blowout preventer" or something to that effect. Fires and explosions happen on oil rigs all the time.

Immersion suits or immersed in suits? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33452788)

When I first read the lined "in immersion suits" I thought 'immersed in (law)suits', a sign of the times I suppose.

Oil industry accidents are now 'newsworthy' (5, Insightful)

JohnnyKnoxville (311956) | more than 4 years ago | (#33452830)

Remember after the massive earthquake in Haiti, the news started reporting earthquakes about once a week? Accidents and casualties are nothing new to the oil industry.

Two Oil Rig Explosions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33452918)

Bracing for sensationalist media storm blaming TERRORUHISM!

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