PHOTO: Burning rig in Gulf “begins to implode” — Support beams folded and collapsed — Gov’t “very tight-lipped about what’s going on with rig today” — Firefighting vessels forced to move away

Published: July 24th, 2013 at 1:40 pm ET
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Wall St. Journal, July 24, 2013 at 12:31p ET: Gas-Drilling Rig Begins to Implode in Gulf of Mexico [...] A drilling rig that caught fire off the coast of Louisiana Tuesday night has started to collapse in on itself as natural gas continues to leak [...] firefighting vessels that were in the area had to move away from the burning rig [...] Analysts said the rig was equipped with blowout preventers, the safety equipment that is meant to shut off out-of-control oil and gas wells. A spokesman for Walter Oil & Gas initially said the blowout preventer appeared to have failed, but the company later said it was still investigating the incident [...]

SOURCE: Times Picayune ((Boat captain of a responding vessel)

NBC News, July 24, 2013 at 1:19p ET: Gulf rig partially collapses as fire rages [...] A Gulf of Mexico drilling rig has partially collapsed off the coast of Louisiana after catching fire because of a ruptured natural gas well, U.S. regulators said on Wednesday. [...] The beams supporting the derrick and portable drilling rig floor have folded and have collapsed over the rig structure [...]

WGNO, July 24, 2013 at 12:35p ET: No word on status of blown out natural gas platform in the Gulf [...] the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement – the federal agency in charge of this incident – has been very tight-lipped about what’s going on with the rig today. [...] However, the BSEE is not releasing any information this morning about what’s going on.  And that’s surprising knowing the history of south Louisiana offshore drilling and the BP oil spill three years ago.

Watch On Wings of Care’s flyover from July 23, 2013 here

Published: July 24th, 2013 at 1:40 pm ET
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13 comments to PHOTO: Burning rig in Gulf “begins to implode” — Support beams folded and collapsed — Gov’t “very tight-lipped about what’s going on with rig today” — Firefighting vessels forced to move away

  • Proton

    How many more of these things have got to blow up?

    Some fate-tempting Core-X-It laced shrimp anyone?


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  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    It seems the PSI in the hole is greater than the ability of the blowout preventer to stop the flow. So, once the rig is completely destroyed, the pipe will continue to flame until the pocket is empty, or the pipe breaks and the gas will be released into the water.

    Anyone have any information on the average size of the gas pockets these guys are drilling into? Will this flame for a day, a week, maybe 300 years?

    Were they drilling deeper than they should have, into deposits they have no business drilling into, a la Matt Simmons?

    I'm sure .gov will be telling us all the truth shortly.


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    It must be clear to all that by now that we must switch from fossil fuels to alternative energy.
    (Excluding nuclear, of course.)
    We must use conservation to reduce demand.
    It is clear to all that we must shut in all Gulf of Mexico wells, and dismantle all the rigs now.
    (If the seafloor is heaving at the site of the BP Disaster, not even this will save the Gulf.)
    Pity. I always loved the Gulf of Mexico.
    Expecially for the color of the water over sand in full sunlight.
    A color I regard as highly therapeutic. ;)
    http://www.gather.com/viewImage.action?fileId=3096224745526005


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  • Cisco Cisco

    Yeah, let's hurry up and get all that all that gas and oil, so big oil can sell it to Asia and Europe where they'll pay more. What's a little spill; it's all about energy independence for the US.

    "Energy independence" for the US? Just a bullshit PR buzz phrase, so big oil can rape us and destroy our environment like they've done everywhere else in the world.

    There's not an oilfield on the planet that has not caused massive and irreparable harm to the environment and all biological systems.


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  • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

    I can imagine that entraining natural gas into the gulf seawater will do some serious damage, no doubt displacing the O2. Nope…can't use corexit here. Maybe just light the little bubbles coming up and burn em off.


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  • Cisco Cisco

    How about those blowout protectors that were designed for 1500'? 20 year old technology, that 10 years ago the industry was calling for a redesign.

    No redesign required by US authorities, just a BS clean-up plan and a promise to be more careful, and the administration acquiesced and gave the crooked bastards the go-ahead.

    Do you think this will stop 'em? Just more BP and other oil companies buying more advertising time to patronize us about how they're "committed to safety".

    And, "I promise…the checks in the mail." It is in the mail…for all those statesmen in Washington whoring for big oil.


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  • Cisco Cisco

    How about those blowout protectors? 20 year old technology, that 10 years ago the industry was calling for a redesign for higher pressure tolerances, for more extreme deep drilling.

    No redesign required by US authorities, just a BS clean-up plan and a promise to be more careful, and the administration acquiesced and gave the crooked bastards the go-ahead.

    Do you think this will stop 'em? Just more BP and other oil companies buying more advertising time to patronize us about how they're "committed to safety".

    And, "I promise…the checks in the mail." It is in the mail…for all those statesmen in Washington whoring for big oil.


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  • jackassrig

    One photo shows an open truss leg and another photo shows a tubular. I wonder which photo is correct?


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  • Lion76 Lion76

    It's the tubular one. Surely you understand that modern day media is lazy.


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  • paschn

    Gee, how's this for a concept? The owners of these oil cab also are virtually the same ones screwing us via the Central Banking slave trade. They pretty much shown the world and anyone not semi-comatose, (hopefully even Amerikans) what a vicious, treacherous lot they are, right? Well, let's demonstrate in the millions, (rofl, yeah right, not in AmeriKa, that would be impolite), and demand our energy, (after all it IS "our" natural resource we "allow" them to pillage). They constantly show us they cannot be trusted to work for the betterment of the people, so we nationalize it and let "leaders" screw us into the cold. Hell, at least we'd benefit somehow from the multi billion dollar tax breaks their sycophants in D.C. give them while we "politely" sit w/ our thumbs to the second knuckle up our arses crowing about how "lucky" we are to live where our votes count. Wait, rescind that, we still have electronic ballot machines here….silly me.


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  • ENE needs to get their shit together and quit putting up photos that aren't the actual rig! This rig (the one shown) is a girder supported rig while the current blow up is supported by Concrete Pylons! If we can't trust you on a simple photo then what else can't we trust you on! GET REAL TIME PHOTO'S!!!


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