Saturday, November 17, 2012

Explosion at Louisiana oil rig could be new Deepwater Horizon

An oil rig exploded off the coast of Louisiana (USA) yesterday killing maybe 17 workers (2 already acknowledged as dead, 15 others missing, at least three others at hospital).

The incident is way too similar to what happened to the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) platform in 2010 and the consequences shall be also similar... but raining over wet ground, with the US Gulf Coast still not recovered from the DWH disaster, which destroyed fisheries, tourism and hope, the results can be terrible. 

The causes of the incident are unclear but the owner company, Black Elk Energy Co., claims it may have been caused by the improper use of a wielding torch by workers not following the procedure (meaning that the company did not train/select them properly - no excuses when you play with fire and the ecology of a whole sea, Capitalist pig!) Witnesses have reported two successive explosions.

Sources: Energt News (links: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) - other original sources via these links.

Update (Nov 18): Several media now say that initial claims of using a wielding torch are totally inaccurate (i.e. the company lied to shrug off responsibility) and that the cause of the explosion is not yet known. Source: EneNews.

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A humble speculation: 

I am beginning to think that all these deep drilling accidents, as well as the mysterious oil-leaking Louisiana sinkhole are related to the anomalous geology of the lower Mississippi basin (the Mississippi Embayment), which seems to be an incomplete rift caused in the "recent" geological past by the now "cold" Bermuda hotspot.

The peculiarities of the geological province, dramatically demonstrated by the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-12, are not fully well understood and still debated but what is clear is that the Lower Mississippi, including the underwater extension of the continental platform, is very peculiar and this may be a cause behind all these incidents with marked geological connections.

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