Reports on cause of explosion in Gulf are ‘completely inaccurate’ — Unknown what led to blast

Published: November 18th, 2012 at 4:55 am ET
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WWL: [Grand Isle Shipyard, a contractor which employed 14 of the workers on the platform] took issue with reports of what may have caused the oil platform fire. “The cause of the explosion and fire is unknown at this time,” [CEO Mark Pregeant] said. “However, initial reports that a welding torch was being used at the time of the incident or that an incorrect line was cut are completely inaccurate.”

AP: Authorities have said the blaze erupted Friday morning while workers were using a torch to cut an oil line on the platform. Pregeant’s statement, however, said the cause of the fire and explosion is unknown and that “initial reports that a welding torch was being used at the time of the incident or that an incorrect line was cut are completely inaccurate.”

WSJ: Mr. Pregeant rebutted reports that workers may have helped cause the explosion by using a torch to cut through a pipe, throwing off sparks that ignited containers holding oil residue. The reports were mentioned Friday by Black Elk Energy Chief Executive John Hoffman, who said that if true, it would mean workers weren’t following the proper procedure. “Initial reports that a welding torch was being used at the time of the incident or that an incorrect line was cut are completely inaccurate,” Mr. Pregeant said in a statement Saturday, adding that the cause was unknown. Mr. Pregeant said in an interview that a torch had not been used, based on an inspection of the platform but declined to elaborate. The Coast Guard had been probing reports into how the pipe was cut, and an official said Saturday that he had no new information about the cause. Black Elk Energy didn’t respond to requests for comment Saturday.

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Published: November 18th, 2012 at 4:55 am ET
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9 comments to Reports on cause of explosion in Gulf are ‘completely inaccurate’ — Unknown what led to blast

  • harengus_acidophilus

    The cause?
    Burning oil gives better pictures for the tv.

    By the way: What about your hurricane touched NPPs?

    It's a roaring silence about them.

    Just ment…

    h.


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    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      Exactly that was the first thing that came to my mind and it doesn't take a brain surgeon but it could be something else, who knows. It exploded I would think they are testing the air, etc. but you never know as they tend to nickel and dime everything.


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  • or-well

    Blame game time.
    Who is issuing statements? Most seem to have originated with Coast Guard, also some from Grand Isle Shipyard, Black Elk Energy and hospitals.

    Who, exactly, first said a torch was used and who did that person work for?

    Whose employee(s) was/were overseeing the procedure?

    Someone must be Black Elks' safety officer on the platform.
    Did Grand Isle have their own safety supervisor for THEIR crew?
    Some of Grand Isles' crew are Filipino. Was there a communication problem?

    If there was a language-based communication problem, is that condition to be found on other platforms?


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  • JHewes76 JHewes76

    "Spontaneous Hydrocarbon Combustion", or Illegal Fireworks

    As good of a reason as any. They should go with those.


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  • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

    In a sane society that hasn't been brainwashed and coerced to worship at the altar of cheap electricity to run insignificant toys, a news piece about an oil platform blowing up and burning would be cause for instant and total shutdown. Instead, we hear deafening screams to drill, baby, drill. In a sane global culture, a Chernobyl or Fukushima would be the absolute and total end of nuclear power. Instead, it is lumped in with "clean renewable energy". What a fucking mad house!


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  • Usefulbreather

    Maybe it's another meteor like the one that caused the inexplicable explosion of residue-free powder in Camp Minden.


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    • Radio VicFromOregon

      Ha! You laugh, UB ;-) Meteors do a lot of damage, especially when they arrive in swarms. But, in keeping with the rule of parsimony or Occam's Razor, this was an accident and given the legal issues, a definitive declaration of the cause to the public may play second fiddle to the likely lawsuits. The attorneys have probably already required gag orders for everyone so as not to prejudice a court hearing or potential settlement. In the US, it's money first, truth later.

      Now about those meteors. Should not a single one of these incidents be caused by falling fiery rocks hitting the atmosphere, we are well advised to take note anyway because, as the stratosphere thins and weakens, not only will satellites continue to drop their orbits, but meteors, solar flares, and asteroids can more easily reach the Earth's surface rather than bounce off the electromagnetic fields as most do today. Add in that the frozen methane layer is thawing and sending up ever larger quantities of accumulating methane, it can get even more precarious. Things like frequent random explosions will become commonplace occurrences. All this time people just thought the air was for breathing. The things we take for granted ;-)


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  • irhologram

    I'm not sure why "meteor" has come in this context, but there was another explosion at Minden 6 days ago. Meteors are like lightening…when striking twice? But before we get all bothered about this, there have been six explosions at Minden over the years… Yet…this one seems to have been in the area of a grinding wheel…grinding? Sparks? Get it? http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20121113/NEWS01/121113022/Another-explosion-Camp-Minden?nclick_check=1 What I had meant to look up when I found this latest explosion was the other explosion at a munitions storage area across the state within hours of the Minden one…again, meteors striking twice… But then I found this listing of MORE THAN 70 explosions since January…MOST OF THEM within the last three months! Whoa! http://beforeitsnews.com/2012/2012/11/explosions-spontaneous-combustion-death-and-destruction-2439750.html


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