Thursday, September 2, 2010

Another rig goes boom

Another oil platform has suffered an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. No word on how big it is or whether any oil has spilled. It is not supposed to be currently producing. Apparently the operator is Mariner Energy.

Even without a spill, it does once again show that accident can happen on these rigs and we should think seriously about the energy supplies that underpin our whole economy.  I don't expect it to stir any action though, since the world of progressive thought that should push for it is controlled by those who would rather sit and moan and wring their hands. And I ain't talking about elected Dems either.

Update: The platform was on what is called the Vermilion Block 380 and was producing  58,800 gallons of oil and 900,000 cubic feet of gas each day. An oil sheen 100 feet wide and a mile long has been spotted.

Update: Good news, it looks like the sheen was from the fuel supplies on the platform.  Still, it emphasizes the risks of our current energy supplies.

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