Well, well...a company that actually reports something like this about itself...unlike BP that tried to duck and deny any reports of the size of their spill.
The Coast Guard said Mariner Energy reported the oil sheen. In a public statement, the company said an initial flyover did not show any oil.
If it's really a platform ..and it looked like it on the news reports tonight..
Platforms are vastly different from oil rigs like BP's Deepwater Horizon. They are usually brought in after wells are already drilled and sealed.
"A production platform is much more stable," said Andy Radford, an API expert on offshore oil drilling. "On a drilling rig, you're actually drilling the well. You're cutting. You're pumping mud down the hole. You have a lot more activity on a drilling rig."
In contrast, platforms are usually placed atop stable wells where the oil is flowing at a predictable pressure, he said. A majority of platforms in the Gulf do not require crews on board.
Thinking this was simply an accident....or that some safety precautions were not taken. You would think people would be more cautious, careful in light of BP's spill but everyone thinks it can't happen to them...accidents, explosions, oil spills
But it can and does happen. It's a kind of stupidity that pervades society about a lot of problems... 'It can happen to someone else but never to me' ... yea, right
The press is more sensitive as well the public to this type of news story right now because of BP. Before BP, this story would have not gotten this kind of notice. Before BP this would have just been a brief story that focused mostly on the rescue, with a side mention of the explosion.
Believe me, I've lived on the Gulf Coast most of my life and I remember many stories about explosions on offshore oil rigs and platforms that made the local news but not the national.
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