PHOTO: Parts of Gulf rig now “melting and falling” into sea — Drill floor and derrick collapse

Published: July 24th, 2013 at 6:21 pm ET
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Title: Drilling rig on fire, begins to collapse; relief well to be drilled
Source: WWL TV
Author: David Hammer
Date: July 24, 2013 at 3:47p ET

Drilling rig on fire, begins to collapse; relief well to be drilled [...]

“Gulf of Mexico rig exploded Tuesday evening, causing drill floor and derrick to collapse” SOURCE: Times Picayune (Coast Guard photo)

Portions of the Hercules drilling rig that is on fire in the Gulf of Mexico started to collapse Wednesday.

The parts of the Hercules 265 rig that stick out over the Walter Oil & Gas platform and wel lhead have been melting and falling, but the integrity of the massive post-like legs and the permanent platform itself appear to still be strong, Walter Oil & Gas spokesman Brian Kennedy said. [...]

The federal offshore safety agency reported that beams supporting the derrick and rig floor on the Hercules have folded and collapsed. [...]

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Published: July 24th, 2013 at 6:21 pm ET
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12 comments to PHOTO: Parts of Gulf rig now “melting and falling” into sea — Drill floor and derrick collapse

  • nedlifromvermont

    Holy smokes … the good news is there is no release of poisonous radioactivity, as there is every day from the stacks of normally operating NEVER SAFE idiotic nuclear power plants …

    … that's the good news …

    no immediate danger here …

    public not in danger as they ALWAYS ARE from normally operating idiotic nuclear power plants …

    as for dangers resulting from uncontrolled releases from China Syndrome-style melt-outs … well Houston, we have a problem … and it's not just Houston that's the problem …

    peace folks …


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  • Cisco Cisco

    "The parts of the Hercules 265 rig that stick out over the Walter Oil & Gas platform and well head have been melting and falling, but the integrity of the massive post-like legs and the permanent platform itself appear to still be strong, Walter Oil & Gas spokesman Brian Kennedy said. [...]"

    I hope Mr. Kennedy's job is as secure as the "platform" that appears "to still be strong".

    The BS is pathetic. Hey smart guy, try this one…"going, going, gone!"


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Time to ban all petro ocean/water drilling…..let it burn out…what garbage!


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    But dear..the house REALLY is burning down.
    Wake up..dear.


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  • WindorSolarPlease

    They are all heavily lining their pockets.
    However, it doesn't weigh on them that they are misusing and wreaking our environment.


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  • Lion76 Lion76

    The people here don't care, because they are all too self centered and comforted on their own self-hatred routines. You can't expect those rube types to have "higher aspirations" or even care about anything outside of themselves. They hate yankees/northerners, they hate them hippie liberal types, and they love blowin shit up and excess consumption. YEEEE HAWWWW!!!


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  • Sol Man

    Yet another awful mess contributing to the demise of our collective home. Wonder how long the drill casing will hold up with the high pressure and all.


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  • eatliesndie eatliesndie

    That's quite a dramatic picture…burning/exploding rig…but I think nedlifromvermont has a valid point regarding the good news.


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  • markww markww

    New Video Information BOP was activated on Gas well

    http://www.mrcometwatch.com/


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