Offshore oil platform burning in Gulf of Mexico — Coast Guard says “something” has happened (PHOTO)

Published: November 16th, 2012 at 11:08 am ET


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WWL, Nov. 16, 2012 at 11a ET:

The U.S. Coast Guard in New Orleans confirms there is an offshore platform burning in the Gulf of Mexico.

Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts says the platform in question is a shallow water platform located in West Delta Block 32 in the Gulf of Mexico.

A spokesman says the Coast Guard just activated a “command center” to investigate the incident. […]


Source: KLFY

This a picture of an oil platform in the Gulf sent to us by a viewer.

We are working to gather confirmed information. The Coast Guard tells us “something” has happened but they are still gathering information.


This image is from a friend in the gulf. He says it is west delta.

Published: November 16th, 2012 at 11:08 am ET


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22 comments to Offshore oil platform burning in Gulf of Mexico — Coast Guard says “something” has happened (PHOTO)

  • Anthony Anthony

    Everywhere I look I see signs of an Apocalypse. While I think an event like that is possible, I have refused so far to give such thinking much personal power. All these mistakes men have made are related to the pursuit of energy. The outcome of those efforts and bad decisions have led us to here.

    There should never be fire in the middle of the ocean people.

    Feels like there's serious Chaos ahead.

  • jump-ball jump-ball

    Tv says two dead and two missing

  • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic


  • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME? HOW CONVENIENT, ANOTHER OIL RIG SACRIFICED TO EXPLAIN OIL SLICK IN THE GULF??? Sorry for screaming.. hope all the workers are ok, still think we will get some explanation for the latest oil slick in the gulf that will include this rig malfunctioning.. call me jaded.

  • Sirius

    Is this far away from the sinkhole location? Might it be linked?

    • Anthony Anthony

      No timebomb corrected my understanding and its not a well but a production platform. I'm glad there is not that kind of connection. Its already too complex for people to manage and even talk truthfully about.

    • davidh7426 davidh7426

      If you draw a line between the location of the BP Oil rig and the sink-hole, today's rig fire, would be just south of the line and about 1/3 rd of the way from the BP rig. And in my view, just a little to close for comfort from that 'major' fault-line that BP did it's 'root canal' on.

      • Anthony Anthony

        Actually its right to be concerned because the last thing needed in a region where there is multiple sources of fuel, some unspoken even, the last thing needed is an out of control ignition source!!!

  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

    The rig, a production platform owned by Black Elk Energy, is about 25 miles southeast of Grand Isle, La.

    Coast Guard Capt. Peter Gautier told WWL TV that 28 people were believed to be aboard the rig.

    He said initial reports were that maintenance workers were cutting into a pipe and that oil may have escaped, causing the explosion.

    • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

      On Sept. 17, 2012, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services lowered its long-term
      corporate credit ratings on Houston-based Black Elk Offshore Operations LLC
      (Black Elk) to 'CCC+' from 'B-'. The outlook is negative.

      The ratings on Black Elk reflect our view of its "vulnerable" business risk
      and "highly-leveraged" financial risk, incorporating the company's small
      reserve and production base, high operating costs, and acquisitive growth
      strategy. The company is geographically concentrated in the Gulf of Mexico
      region, and operates in a highly cyclical, capital-intensive, and competitive

  • JHewes76 JHewes76

    Oil explodes? .. guess it does if it's mixed with METHANE

    • 16Penny 16Penny

      My thoughts exactly. Maybe this is just how we decommission things these days. Instead of having to shut it down and clean up our mess at the end of a facilities life, we just let it get FUku'd and fall to the bottom of the sea. If the homeowner in Indiana house explosion is suspected of arson, why not look at this company as well?

      Also is anyone else suspicious of the timing? BP settlement announced yesterday then, HEY LOOK OVER HERE AN OIL RIG IS ON FIRE! I am not saying they are connected but I am saying it is suspicious.

  • JHewes76 JHewes76

    Yeah, great idea .. just keep using those cutting torches out there in the Gulf (where those humungous methane pockets lay under the Gulf's sea bed.. and may be leaking upward through fissures in the ocean floor) Gonna be a lots of people with singed eyebrows πŸ˜‰

    • WindorSolarPlease

      Hi JHewes76

      Cutting torches and methane pockets under a sea bed, can be dangerous. I Agree.

      • JHewes76 JHewes76

        They're sittin' on a giant assed powder keg, like Wiley Coyote, trying to strike a match to light their cigar, LOL

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Bet its all tied in with BP oil spill, ladt weeks oil spill and sin khole

  • JHewes76 JHewes76

    no doubt.