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Gulf oil platform explodes, burning off La. coast

  1. Sep 2, 2010 #1

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    Unreal. Could it have been sabotaged? They do not know yet if it is leaking oil. The people on the rig are ok.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_gulf_rig_explosion [Broken]
     
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  3. Sep 2, 2010 #2

    Ivan Seeking

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    Apparently it was not yet producing oil.
     
  4. Sep 2, 2010 #3

    Averagesupernova

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    I'm sure it was Obamas fault. :yuck: Have a look at some of the comments on the yahoo news link. OMG!
     
  5. Sep 2, 2010 #4

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    I'm sure it is! He probably set the charges himself. That's what happens when you put a radicalized Muslim-Christian-Marxist-Socialist terrorist in office.
     
  6. Sep 2, 2010 #5
    That's "Muslim-Atheist-Marxist-Socialist terrorist"
     
  7. Sep 2, 2010 #6

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    Looks like it has been producing for a while.

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  8. Sep 2, 2010 #7
    There is no reports of any massive oil leak. Let's not panic.
     
  9. Sep 2, 2010 #8

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    Turns out the rig was producing oil.

    new update -
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_gulf_rig_explosion [Broken]

    Looks like stewart beat me to it.
     
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  10. Sep 2, 2010 #9
    Even if there is a leak, it's going to be immensely easier to patch than BP's leak at 5000 ft depth.
     
  11. Sep 2, 2010 #10

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    Just yesterday, Barbara Dianne Hagood, an executive of Mariner Energy (owner of the exploded rig) claimed that Obama was trying to destroy the oil and gas industry. Hmmm... Such irony.

    Note: I'll try to find an acceptable link to her statements. the Financial Times story is available to subscribers and their web-site won't let me register as a user, though the story is being widely disseminated through blogs today. According to the cites, the oil and gas companies bused about 5000 of their employees to a rally in Houston yesterday to protest the deep-water drilling moratorium.
     
  12. Sep 2, 2010 #11

    Ivan Seeking

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    Yes, conflicting early reports. Must have been Obama's fault.
     
  13. Sep 2, 2010 #12

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    According to AP, the Coast Guard has detected a mile-long plume of oil sheen from the damaged rig.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/02/oil-rig-explodes-in-the-g_n_703525.html [Broken]

    Of course the story may not be entirely accurate.

    It's hard to imagine dying of hypothermia while floating in the Gulf in late summer.
     
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  14. Sep 2, 2010 #13

    Ivan Seeking

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    That was my thought. The water is about 85 F right now.
    http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/
     
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  16. Sep 2, 2010 #15

    brewnog

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    Let me guess, it's all Britain's fault again?
     
  17. Sep 2, 2010 #16

    Office_Shredder

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    Which is easily cold enough to develop warm water hypothermia:
    http://aquaviews.net/warm-water-hypothermia/

     
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  18. Sep 2, 2010 #17

    stewartcs

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    I agree...Definetly Obama's fault. :wink:

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  19. Sep 2, 2010 #18

    stewartcs

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    Oil sheens are quite common around rigs even when they are not blown out or on fire.

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  20. Sep 2, 2010 #19

    stewartcs

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    No, it's Obama's fault!

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  21. Sep 2, 2010 #20

    Office_Shredder

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    Early reports indicate Obama was at the oil rig operating the controls for a photo shoot opportunity to help win support amongst the "drill baby drill" crowd minutes before the explosion occur.

    Witness report he simply said "Ah, nuts!" and jumped on his helicopter and left after the photographer was finished
     
  22. Sep 2, 2010 #21
    Obama is a British spy?
     
  23. Sep 2, 2010 #22
    "It's Obama's fault"

    Interesting meme, it spreads like wildfire all over internet blogs and forums. I suppose its effectiveness lies in projecting blame on a scapegoat figure, the US president, for all the problems in the world, where in fact, the state of current events is a net result of actions of all people in the world following the same set of behavioral patterns.
     
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    mheslep

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    No that is not an Associated Press story, or a repeat of an AP story, and the final Coast Guard statement (per this Huff Po story) was
     
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  26. Sep 9, 2010 #25
    Im with brewnog, it was those damned red coats!
     
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