Update: NOT AGAIN! Another Platform in The Gulf Explodes

UPDATE 3: (6:55 p.m. CDT) The explosion did not occur in Vermillion Bay. It is 80 miles away from land and about 200 miles away from the site of the Deepwater Horizon.

UPDATE 2: (4:45 p.m. CDT) According to the AP, there is no sign of an oil spill issuing from the stricken platform, although authorities are continuing to monitor the situation.

This second oil explosion is whipping up support for the President’s moratorium.

UPDATE: (2:10 p.m. CDT) They’re saying that it is not an oil rig but a oil/gas platform and it was in production.

Bad time for the oil conglomerates to organize protests against Obama’s moratorium, and for a second Federal judge to throw out Secretary Salazar’s second moratorium issued after the first was shot down. And the second spill is in Louisiana, in Vermillion Bay. From Crooks & Liars:

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GRAND ISLE, La. — A mile-long sheen is now visible where an offshore petroleum platform exploded and burned Thursday off Louisiana, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard said no one was killed in the explosion, which was spotted by a commercial helicopter flying over the site Thursday morning at about 9 a.m. CDT.

All 13 people aboard the rig were found floating in the water in survival gear called “gumby suits”, sticking close together, Coast Guard spokesman Chief Petty Officer John Edwards said.

“These guys had the presence of mind, used their training to get into those gumby suits before they entered the water. It speaks volumes to safety training and the importance of it because beyond getting off the rig there’s all the hazards of the water such as hypothermia and things of that nature,” Edwards said.

The platform was in about 340 feet of water, considered shallow water and far less than the roughly 5,000 feet where BP‘s well spewed oil and gas for three months after an April rig explosion.

But it’s still going to affect people if they don’t get that leak under control, shallow water, or no shallow water. It’s closer to land than the Deepwater Horizon was.

Want to see how many oil and gas platforms there are in the Gulf around Louisiana? This shows the growth of the industry.

How many times does the Universe have to tell people that what they’re doing ain’t working? Especially after what happened with the Deepwater Horizon? What if one of those hurricanes out there in the Atlantic decides to turn left at Florida?

Stay tuned.

~ by blksista on September 2, 2010.

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