HomeFairfax General ForumArrest/Ticket SearchWiki newPictures/VideosChatArticlesLinksAbout
Off-Topic :  Fairfax Underground fairfax underground logo
Welcome to Fairfax Underground, a project site designed to improve communication among residents of Fairfax County, VA. Feel free to post anything Northern Virginia residents would find interesting.
Oil Rig explosion video
Posted by: ferfux ()
Date: April 22, 2010 04:02PM


Options: ReplyQuote
Re: Oil Rig explosion video
Posted by: graymoose1 ()
Date: April 22, 2010 04:41PM

That's real slick

---------------------------------------------------
W.W.S.D. what would Scooby Doo

Options: ReplyQuote
Re: Oil Rig explosion video
Posted by: Vince(1) ()
Date: April 22, 2010 06:57PM

So much for how safe offshore drilling is. I cant wait until globs of that shit roll up onto Virginia beaches.

Registered Voter...a Big talking coward..big man on FFXU...little man in life.

Options: ReplyQuote
Re: Oil Rig explosion video
Posted by: ThePackLeader ()
Date: April 22, 2010 07:05PM

Vince(1) Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> So much for how safe offshore drilling is. I cant
> wait until globs of that shit roll up onto
> Virginia beaches.


In case you didn't notice, it's all burning off in that video. Anything that spilled after it sinks will be trapped by the booms.

It's also kind of difficult to prevent an "accident", if it turns out to be an attack. I do wonder what the security SOP is for these rigs in U.S. waters.

==================================================================================================
"And if any women or children get their legs torn off, or faces caved in, well, it's tough shit for them." -2LT. Bert Stiles, 505th, 339th (On Berlin Bombardier Mission, 1944).

Options: ReplyQuote
Re: Oil Rig explosion video
Posted by: Vince(1) ()
Date: April 22, 2010 10:10PM

Boy...you're really up to speed...

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – A blazing oil rig sank Thursday into the Gulf of Mexico, sparking fears of an environmental disaster two days after a massive blast that left 11 workers missing.

US maritime authorities said crude oil was pouring into the sea at the site where the hulking Deepwater Horizon rig once stood, although they were unable to determine at what rate.

Officials said that before the explosion there were 700,000 gallons of diesel fuel on board the semi-submersible platform and it had been drilling 8,000 barrels, or 336,000 gallons, of oil a day.

"This is considered a major oil spill," Mike O'Berry, senior chief petty officer for the US coast guard told AFP.

The US Coast Guard said a one mile by five mile slick had settled on the surface some 45 miles (70 kilometers) offshore as they scrambled a massive clean-up operation to prevent it hitting land in the Gulf states of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.

Coast guard vessels continued their search late Thursday for the 11 missing workers, while British oil giant BP, which leased the platform, dispatched a fleet of boats to try and keep environmental damage in check.

Officials said the current spill had the potential to be the worst seen in the United States since the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil tanker spill, considered one of the worst man-made environmental disasters.

That spill, vastly bigger than the current one in the US Gulf, poured nearly 11 million gallons of crude into Alaska's Prince William Sound, devastating some 750 miles (1,300 kilometers) of its once pristine shores.

O'Berry said the US authorities were also rapidly deploying several oil-skimming vessels to try to limit the pollution.

The coast guard sent a "remote operating vessel" -- a mini-submarine equipped with cameras -- to determine the oil flow into the ecologically fragile Gulf, home to a vast array of waterfowl and other wildlife.

Before the rig sank into the ocean, oil fires raged for more than a day and a half following a spectacular explosion late Tuesday that sent huge balls of flame leaping into the night sky.

Transocean confirmed late Thursday that it had not been possible "to stem the flow of hydrocarbons prior to the rig sinking," raising fears that thousands more gallons of crude will pollute the Gulf waters before the flow is contained.

"We are working closely with BP Exploration & Production, Inc. and the US Coast Guard to determine the impact from the sinking of the rig and the plans going forward," the company said.

It added that "the US Coast Guard has plans in place to mitigate any environmental impact from this situation."

Transocean vice president Adrian Rose said earlier that the rig likely suffered a blowout while drilling through rock at BP's Macondo prospect, although investigations into the exact cause of the accident are ongoing.

Meanwhile rescue crews scoured the Gulf waters for sign of the 11 missing workers, and said they would continue their search for at least another 12 hours before ending their efforts.

Seventeen workers were airlifted to hospital on Wednesday after suffering broken bones, burns and smoke inhalation in the explosion on the semi-submersible, mobile rig. Four remained in critical condition.

But there was no sign of the missing workers and it remained unclear whether they made it safely into one of the rig's lifeboats.

"We're going to continue to search as long as there is a reasonable probability of finding them alive," coast guard spokeswoman Ashley Butler told AFP, adding that weather conditions were favorable for the search.

The now submerged oil rig measuring 396-by-256 feet (121-by-78 meters) is owned by Houston, Texas-based contractor Transocean, Ltd. and under contract to BP.

Transocean is the world's largest offshore drilling contractor, with a fleet of 140 mobile offshore drilling units, in addition to three ultra-deepwater units under construction.

A total of 126 people were onboard the platform at the time of the explosion, 79 of them Transocean staff, six BP personnel and 41 contractors.




http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100422/ts_alt_afp/usblastoilenergypollution

Registered Voter...a Big talking coward..big man on FFXU...little man in life.

Options: ReplyQuote
Re: Oil Rig explosion video
Posted by: trogdor! ()
Date: April 22, 2010 10:15PM

Vince(1) Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> So much for how safe offshore drilling is. I cant
> wait until globs of that shit roll up onto
> Virginia beaches.


I always feel better when I fill up my gas tank knowing that shit is rolling up on someone else's beaches.

Options: ReplyQuote
Re: Oil Rig explosion video
Posted by: Ken ()
Date: April 29, 2010 06:47PM

Vince, you must be a rocket scientist! Virginia is on the Atlantic coast...not the Gulf. Stick to your video games.

Options: ReplyQuote


Your Name: 
Your Email (Optional): 
Subject: 
Attach a file
  • No file can be larger than 75 MB
  • All files together cannot be larger than 300 MB
  • 30 more file(s) can be attached to this message
Spam prevention:
Please, enter the code that you see below in the input field. This is for blocking bots that try to post this form automatically.
 **     **  ********  ********  **         ********  
 **     **  **    **  **        **    **   **     ** 
 **     **      **    **        **    **   **     ** 
 **     **     **     ******    **    **   **     ** 
 **     **    **      **        *********  **     ** 
 **     **    **      **              **   **     ** 
  *******     **      ********        **   ********  
This forum powered by Phorum.