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Another one Soils the Ocean

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by JerichoHill, Sep 2, 2010.

  1. JerichoHill

    JerichoHill Bedrock of Knowledge

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    --Lt's hope the injured worker gets good medical care.

    Note this is very near land.

    http://content.usatoday.com/communi...dsu-oil-rig-explosion-in-gulf-off-louisiana/1

    An oil rig has exploded in the Gulf of Louisiana, WDSU reports. Thirteen workers aboard the rig were reportedly thrown into the water, but have been accounted for.

    Update at 11:35 a.m. ET: MSNBC quotes a Coast Guard spokesman as saying all of the workers were wearing protective gear.

    Update at 11:38 a.m. ET: MSNBC quotes Coast Guard Petty Officer John Edwards as saying one worker has been injured, but he did not know the extent of the injuries. Edwards says 9 helicopters and some fixed-wing aircraft as well as four Coast Guard cutters have been sent to the site.
     
  2. JohnRM

    JohnRM Don't make me destroy you

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    GhostWriter16 Deity

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  4. Mansa Musa

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    Off-sea drilling only contributes a small amount of the United States' oil supply. Less than 5 percent. The risks are too great. I just hope in my country no one tries to drill in the high Arctic in my lifetime.
     
  5. GhostWriter16

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    We need to make most of our oil supply here, not from Saudi Arabia.

    That is part of the purpose of offshore drilling.
     
  6. Immortal Ace

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    What a gigantic cluster **** of a situation.
     
  7. Godwynn

    Godwynn March to the Sea

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    Yahoo! Finance

    You can tell exactly when news of the oil rig explosion hit the market.
     
  8. JohnRM

    JohnRM Don't make me destroy you

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    Most of our import supply comes from Canada, not Saudi Arabia. They are third down the list, IIRC.

    We get the highest amount of our petroleum from our own sources.
     
  9. BSmith1068

    BSmith1068 Deity Retired Moderator

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    Here we go again!

    (you beat me to it by 10 minutes John!)

    EDIT: Although technically JH beat you to it as well...
     
  10. ParadigmShifter

    ParadigmShifter Random Nonsense Generator

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    Everyone knows the best thing you can give to a crack whore is more crack.
     
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    El_Machinae Colour vision since 2018 Retired Moderator

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    At some point it becomes wise to invest in our own lifestyles, such that we need to use less oil.
     
  12. Formaldehyde

    Formaldehyde Both Fair And Balanced

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    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2010/0...nmasks-dangerous-myth-of-safety-lawmakers-say

     
  13. Mr. Dictator

    Mr. Dictator A Chain-Smoking Fox

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    So wait, who owns this one?
     
  14. Godwynn

    Godwynn March to the Sea

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    Apache Corporation, which bought/is buying the owner Mariner Energy.

    What better way to honor the Native Americans than to name a company after them that drills for oil?
     
  15. Mansa Musa

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    Thanks John. Also beat me to it. As a Canadian, I see the environmental destruction of Northern Alberta and shudder. Much worse than pollution in the Gulf of Mexico. Unfortunately, the risks were not weighed effectively when the massive oil sands projects started. When Northern Alberta becomes a desert, i'll be sure to visit with my kids.
     
  16. ParadigmShifter

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    Well I hope they shouted "Geronimo!" as they leapt from the burning rig then.
     
  17. El_Machinae

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    I don't disagree that Northern Alberta has some serious trouble.

    The risk with an ocean spill, though, is that it can really hurt a stressed ecosystem that's much more important that the ecosystems of Northern Alberta. A 'coastline' is right at the interface of a lot of important things, and so they need more protection.

    I guess there's not really any evidence of a leak here, though, huh?
     
  18. Quackers

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    American legislators in there great wisdom forced oil companies way out in the ocean to drill for oil, unfortunately at these greater depths oil companies struggle to fix spills (see the recent gulf!).

    Allow them to drill closer to the shore and the risks are reduced.
     
  19. Cheetah

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    What? Seriously? You gotta be kidding me. :rolleyes:

    Hope the injured guy will be okay.

    That was my first reaction.

    My second reaction:

    Today the CEO of the halfway state owned, biggest Norwegian oil company said he was thinking of buying stuff in the Gulf, cause small companies were probably scared away now and the prices would probably be cheaper... :lol:

    Third reaction, knowing this isn't outside Norway, so my tax money won't go to fix it:

     
  20. Ajidica

    Ajidica High Quality Person

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    Great. Deregulation shows its failures.
    At least it isn't a drilling platform, so only so much oil can spill.
     

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