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What is the real story on the rig explosion?
self | 9-2-10 | self

Posted on 09/02/2010 11:14:18 AM PDT by goseminoles

I have been going online today to various news outlets and they all differ on the gulf oil platform that blew up today.


TOPICS: Conspiracy
KEYWORDS: explosion; fire; media; oil; oilplatform; oilsheen; oilspill; platform; platformfire; vermilion308; vermilion398
Anyone know the real scoop?
1 posted on 09/02/2010 11:14:23 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: goseminoles

I heard it was a submarine missle shot from either North Korean or George Soros


2 posted on 09/02/2010 11:17:20 AM PDT by Mr. K (Physically unable to proofreed (<---oops! see?))
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To: goseminoles

It’s the ‘age of Obama’. We never will know the truth.


3 posted on 09/02/2010 11:17:49 AM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: goseminoles

Some reporters don’t know the difference between “How deep is the water?” and “How deep is the well?”....


4 posted on 09/02/2010 11:18:04 AM PDT by G Larry (Democrats: expediting the Destruction of America, before they lose power...)
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To: goseminoles

16 years of Bush and Clinton and no accidents in the Gulf. In 4 months The Imam has two explosions? His bosses in Saudi Arabia want US oil production shut down. I guess all those nat gas finds around america and the huge reserves we have are getting them worried.


5 posted on 09/02/2010 11:18:26 AM PDT by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: Frantzie

No rig accidents in the Gulf for 16 years? Don’t you think that is a bit of a stretch?


6 posted on 09/02/2010 11:20:54 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Mr. K
Not those guys again. Oh, No!

But seriously North Korea makes money selling miniature submarines to all sorts of folks. All they need is a "tender" offshore that looks like a fishing boat.

The trick is not to dive to the bottom of the ocean and blow something up ~ it's just to get underwater deep enough to evade ordinary detection then get close enough to your target to plant a remote controlled mine or IED.

The Coast Guard and Navy should be out there checking out the approaches to that rig ~ as recorded by our spy satellites.

7 posted on 09/02/2010 11:21:33 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: goseminoles

Obama’s suit against the Moratorium got thrown out. so, a few of his thugs went out and blew it up.

Calls for a new moratorium in 3...2...1...


8 posted on 09/02/2010 11:21:52 AM PDT by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: Frantzie
16 years of Bush and Clinton and no accidents in the Gulf.

Not exactly...

9 posted on 09/02/2010 11:22:30 AM PDT by Allegra (Pablo is very wily.)
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To: goseminoles
CEO was in Contact with the current show at CNBC,...Strategy Session,...says all hands are safe....all of the 7 wells serviced by the production platform were shut down before the event.

Didn't say whether oil or Gas wells.

A crew was doing sandblasting and painting on the production platform....no oilspill or even an oil sheen....

Further details he didn't have.

10 posted on 09/02/2010 11:22:30 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: 1rudeboy
Since when has wild hyperbole been forbidden on FreeRepublic?

Hell, that rule alone could reduce the number of posts by 190%.

11 posted on 09/02/2010 11:23:45 AM PDT by been_lurking
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To: G Larry

I’ve read 2500 feet. I’ve read 300 feet. I’ve read one missing in the water. I’ve read all the water. I’ve read the rig was in production. I’ve read not in production. See where I’m going with this?


12 posted on 09/02/2010 11:23:45 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: Xenalyte; thackney

This could probably use your input.


13 posted on 09/02/2010 11:24:21 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: goseminoles

A fire was started while a maintenance crew was working. Likely no explosion. Definitely has nothing to do with drilling or production.

Also, I am glad you referred to it as a platform and not a rig. AP’s intial headline was Rig Explosion, which is patently untrue, because this was a platform, not a rig.


14 posted on 09/02/2010 11:25:31 AM PDT by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: Frantzie

They are aging wells, I’m surprised that there aren’t more rig accidents. So many different factors trying to control mother nature.


15 posted on 09/02/2010 11:28:21 AM PDT by Palter (If voting made any difference they wouldn't let us do it. ~ Mark Twain)
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To: been_lurking
...reduce the number of posts by 190%.

???

16 posted on 09/02/2010 11:29:35 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: muawiyah

If there was an explosion, which has not been proven yet, it would have happened on top of the platform. So a sub would either have to have a really cool torpedo that goes out of the water and hits a target, which someone would have seen, or the sub would have to get close, then a guy would climb all the way up the platform and strap a mine on top without beeing seen.

Lets be rational.


17 posted on 09/02/2010 11:30:37 AM PDT by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: Raider Sam; Ernest_at_the_Beach
I saw the same headline, it said oil RIG and I decided then & there, to wait for an hour, and then find threads by Ernest_at_the_Beach, so I could find out the whole story, the factual story. That's a problem in following news AS IT HAPPENS, because most of what is reported winds up being either extreme exaggeration or else outright UNTRUE. Partiuclarly the first few hours or even days, there is so much MIS-information, just reams & reams of it. AP, Associated Press claimed it was a RIG explosion, not "just" some anonymous blogger --- so the shoddy MSM is primarily responsible for the horrible reports.
18 posted on 09/02/2010 11:32:34 AM PDT by hennie pennie
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To: goseminoles

Rumor has it that it was Bush’s Fault


19 posted on 09/02/2010 11:32:39 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: goseminoles

Gee, less than 50 years ago you wouldn’t have even known there was a rig explosion until tomorrow morning.

Not every rig has a PAO (Public affairs officer) on it, ready to deal with Fox News.

The dust will settle, so to speak, and details will come out.


20 posted on 09/02/2010 11:33:44 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (I lived in VT for four years. That was enough.)
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To: Frantzie

http://home.versatel.nl/the_sims/rig/losses.htm


21 posted on 09/02/2010 11:34:21 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: goseminoles

Cheney and Rove did it. /sarc


22 posted on 09/02/2010 11:37:35 AM PDT by dforest
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To: Raider Sam
Underwater mines are well understood and have been around for CENTURIES.

All they needed was a simple delivery boom and some magnets.

23 posted on 09/02/2010 11:38:20 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: goseminoles

Heard that there’s a 1 mile “sheen” around the rig. Fact or fiction?


24 posted on 09/02/2010 11:41:08 AM PDT by azishot (I can see November from my house!)
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To: wilco200

You’re right. That decision just came down. I just heard it either this morning or yesterday. hmmmm.......


25 posted on 09/02/2010 11:43:50 AM PDT by FrdmLvr ( VIVA la SB 1070!)
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To: muawiyah

We dont even know if there was an explosion. All we know is there is a fire on top of the platform. How does an underwater mine, using magnets, climb out of the water, then another 50 feet and jump on top of the platform?

I swear, some people would rather blame nefarious forces than try to find the truth.


26 posted on 09/02/2010 11:46:54 AM PDT by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: Raider Sam

because this was a platform, not a rig.”

Per AP “Rig, platform - don’t understand why anyone would be upset, there’s no difference”. We should be thankful they at least didn’t say it occurred in the Mexican Ocean, although I understand that LA Governor now has his own Coast Guard. And we expect to get anything accurate from the press on this? We still haven’t had disclosure on the last one.


27 posted on 09/02/2010 11:48:40 AM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: azishot

“Heard that there?s a 1 mile ?sheen? around the rig. Fact or fiction?”

Sarcasm tag?


28 posted on 09/02/2010 11:49:05 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: All

Fox’s headline say “OIL RIG EXPLODES OFF LOUSIANA COAST”

And they are reporting oil sheen.


29 posted on 09/02/2010 11:51:05 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: Raider Sam
AP’s intial headline was Rig Explosion, which is patently untrue, because this was a platform, not a rig.

Just more proof that this was an act of sabotage. ;)

30 posted on 09/02/2010 11:52:20 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Grams A

The update is the platform was producing 59,000 gallons of oil and 900,000 cubic feet of gas per day. The platform can store 4,200 gallons of oil.


31 posted on 09/02/2010 11:53:36 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: Raider Sam
Hmm ~ no doubt the truth is out there eh.

So why can't you do this from a miniature submarine ~ sneak up on them, surface on one side the platform, toss a Molotov cocktail, and be gone in seconds.

Until we know the precise type of platform all things are possible.

32 posted on 09/02/2010 12:04:21 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

I’m not sure the difference between rig and platform but the thing produces and holds oil and gas.


33 posted on 09/02/2010 12:12:40 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: goseminoles

Heard Megyn Kelly on Fox @11AM say this. Haven’t heard or or read any more about it. I rely on FR for the facts!


34 posted on 09/02/2010 12:13:54 PM PDT by azishot (I can see November from my house!)
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To: hennie pennie

I am an authority?....

well I feel honored....thanks....LOL!


35 posted on 09/02/2010 12:14:26 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: hennie pennie
I just happened to have CNBC on when the CEO called in....haven't even been to The Oil Drum yet this morning....

Guess time to check there.

36 posted on 09/02/2010 12:16:34 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I checked The Oil Drum but I’m on a phone and don’t get all the content.


37 posted on 09/02/2010 12:22:32 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: hennie pennie
Subthread at TOD:

Another rig blows up in GOM, but hey, you didn't read it here first:

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Hex on September 2, 2010 - 11:57am

Another rig blows up in GOM, but hey, you didn't read it here first:

The rig is known as "Vermilion 398."
http://www.wafb.com/Global/story.asp?S=13089364

And:

Solius on September 2, 2010 - 12:09pm

BBC reporting 13 thrown into the water.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11014645

38 posted on 09/02/2010 12:23:11 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: FrdmLvr

There is a thread on FR about it.


39 posted on 09/02/2010 12:27:51 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: goseminoles
It is down quite aways in the open thread for the Deepwater Horizon details....

Another subthread at TOD:

Looks like a rig explosion of some sort in the gulf.

40 posted on 09/02/2010 12:36:15 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: goseminoles

Quit reading..


41 posted on 09/02/2010 12:41:13 PM PDT by BooBoo1000 ("He will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live only for themselves' Romans 2:8)
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To: hennie pennie
Some details from a local source...found at TOD:

Coast Guard: Mile-long sheen spreading from burning platform

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The Coast Guard is saying that a mile-long oil sheen is spreading from the site of the Mariner Energy-owned platform.

“At 9:19 a.m., the Coast Guard received a call from neighboring platform was that platform 380 completely engulfed in flames,” said Gov. Bobby Jindal during an afternoon update on the fire.

As of 1 p.m., Jindal said that fire was still burning, though Mariner officials had told his office that the blaze had been contained and nearly burned out.

Mariner informed the governor that the platform had seven active wells on the platform, and that one of the seven wells caught fire, said Jindal.

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CEO told CNBC all wells were closed......

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The platform was identified as Vermilion 308 A, according to Mariner.

"Mariner has notified and is working with regulatory authorities in response to this incident. The cause is not known, and an investigation will be undertaken. During the last week of August 2010, production from this facility averaged approximately 9.2 million cubic feet of natural gas per day and 1,400 barrels of oil and condensate," said Bill Mintz, a spokeman for Apache, in a statement.

Responding to an oil spill in shallow water is much easier than in deepwater, where crews depend on remote-operated vehicles access equipment on the sea floor.

The platform is about 200 miles west of BP's blown out Macondo well. On Friday, BP was expected to begin the process of removing the cap and failed blow-out preventer, another step toward completion of a relief well that would complete the choke of the well. The BP-leased rig Deepwater Horizon exploded April 20, killing 11 people and setting off a massive oil spill. 

42 posted on 09/02/2010 12:42:42 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: goseminoles

Media reports are still confused in important details I think.


43 posted on 09/02/2010 12:44:03 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thanks much, Ernest!


44 posted on 09/02/2010 12:47:53 PM PDT by hennie pennie
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To: goseminoles

I believe someone a whole lot wiser than I once said that the South will rise again. It’s just taking a little longer than we thought. Maybe caused by someone who was mad because Earl chose to go up the east cost rather than toward the Gulf. Tnx for the update. Will pass it on to a client whose livelihood depends on survival of the energy industry in the Gulf. Not quite as liberal leaning as he was before the last spill.


45 posted on 09/02/2010 2:30:23 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: goseminoles

all I know is that
IT WAS NOT TERRORISM!!!!!

Oh, and I’m pretty sure Bush had something to do with it.

/sarcasm


46 posted on 09/02/2010 3:03:32 PM PDT by a real Sheila (HEY, HEY, HO, HO. B.O. HAS GOT TO GO!)
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To: a real Sheila

Crist was just on the news saying we need a moratorium. What a loser.


47 posted on 09/02/2010 3:11:47 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: muawiyah

How high can you throw a molotov cocktail (and accurately) from a sub?


48 posted on 09/02/2010 7:24:28 PM PDT by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: Raider Sam

Depends on the stability of the sub and the strength of the thrower, or maybe the guy used a RPG ~ a common enough weapon.


49 posted on 09/02/2010 7:52:38 PM PDT by muawiyah
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