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posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 12:51 PM
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Transocean Rig Reportedly Sinks off Louisiana Coast


www.foxnews.com

DEVELOPING: The Transocean Deepwater Horizon rig sunk at 10:20 a.m. Thursday, according to a Coast Guard spokesman.

The vessel, which has been burning since about 10 p.m. Tuesday night, was completely submerged, the spokesman told the Houston Chronicle, but the fire continued to burn.

Transocean spokesman Guy Cantwell said the company is trying to confirm that report.
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posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 12:51 PM
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This just came in a short while ago...These are not completely confirmed reports yet. What a mess! Really sad for the environment.


Houston Chronicle states

Some other media outlets have called and are being told by the Coast Guard they are not confirming the report. But Senior Chief Petty Officer Mike O'Berry told me they were just "dotting the i's and crossing the t's" before putting out a confirmation.


link: blogs.chron.com...

www.foxnews.com
(visit the link for the full news article)

[edit on 4/22/2010 by wrangell76]



posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 01:03 PM
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Here are some photos of the rig burning...






Courtesy of Foxnews.com and Msnbc.com



posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 01:04 PM
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Ok, So it is official now...Msnbc just posted the info from the Coast Guard here:


www.msnbc.msn.com...



posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 01:06 PM
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We really need to get rid of oil or find better measures to prevent these kinds of things from happening. One spill is one thing, dozens and dozens of spills is a whole different thing.



posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 01:10 PM
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Wow, talk about lack of coverage or details; to the extent there is a concerted effort to keep this quiet. Sounds potentially disastrous.

And yeah, what about the environmental damage here? Is it just spilling oil?


www.csmonitor.com...

The rig is in essence a giant flexible drill bit that can poke and prod for deposits up to 32,000 feet deep. It is run by roughnecks, roustabouts, tool pushers, directional drillers, and mud men, all directed by a "company man," employed, in this case, by BP, which is leasing the rig from Geneva-based Transocean.


--A Foreign rig (Transocean) drilling for a foreign oil company(Bp) off the US coast. Who pays for this one?



posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 01:12 PM
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Sadly, oil is prevalent because it's cheap (or it was at one point.. not sure how true that is in the day of 90 dollar/barrel oil, or 150 dollar/barrel oil).

If you want clean energies, which I think we need, because oil is finite, then you're going to have to pay a premium on them. Cap&trade and similar legislation is one way to offset the cheapness of carbon fuels to make "greener" technology competitive -- but it all comes at a price.


Carbon based energy comes at a price too, it's environmental/health cost, not a dollar cost, so the market treats it as an externality (which means the market simply ignores it completely -- not the markets problem if carbon fuel is ruining the planet, or refineries are giving people cancer, etc. The market isn't in the business of worrying about that stuff, which is a political matter)



posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 01:13 PM
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I remember as a kid when I would walk the beach in Galveston, Texas, there were always balls of oil/tar everywhere. It was really gross. However, in past years they have really cleaned up down there. I was pretty impressed. But now that this has happened chances are it will be happening again. Really sad...



posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 01:14 PM
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Does anyone have figures as to how many barrels of oil this rig puts out per day? I haven't seen it or maybe I just missed it?



posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 01:17 PM
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Originally posted by Moonsouljah
--A Foreign rig (Transocean) drilling for a foreign oil company(Bp) off the US coast. Who pays for this one?


The insurance company (whoever that might be) would cover this one - that rig would of had pretty comprehensive coverage I would of thought, oil giants are not about to leave their bottoms exposed!



posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 01:28 PM
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The Search for Oil Rig Workers


There are 11 Oil Rig Workers missing right now, the video above, on YouTube is Channel 6 News.

I'm watching C.N.N. right now and they have claimed that this disaster is worse than the Exxon Valdez, leaking more oil, so far than the Alaskan accident.

Burning Oil Rig Sinks in Gulf of Mexico

This is going to affect my state, as well as others within the Gulf of Mexico, I am on the opposite coast, but we're already hurting in an already crappy economy, and this will not help Florida.

And this is one of the many reasons no one wanted them drilling for oil off our coasts.

Oh yeah, "Drill baby, drill" indeed.

Ignorant fools, one and all, those politicians that allowed this to happen through their ignorance.

[edit on 22-4-2010 by SpartanKingLeonidas]



posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 01:29 PM
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Found this article:
www.cbsnews.com...

It states:


The Deepwater Horizon is one of the largest of the 90 drilling rigs now operating in the Gulf of Mexico. At 396 feet long and 256 feet wide, it's 36 feet longer and nearly 100 feet wider than a football field, Cobiella reports.


That is pretty significant! I still am trying to find out how much oil comes out of this rig per day.



posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 01:29 PM
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I am not an expert, but if this is a drilling rig, it is probably only their fuel oil that is burning and leaking. This is similar to any ship sinking and losing its load of fuel, it is NOT equivalent to an oil barge losing its load of oil. The oil in the ground will stay in the ground, it isn't going to come shooting out like the Beverly Hillbillies.

Sure, there will be an envrionmental impact, but it will be minor. This is not an "oil spill" like the Exxon Valdez.

NOW...on the subject of Foreign Drilling off the US Coast I say



posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 01:33 PM
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Thanks Spartanking for those links. I really hope they find those workers alive and well. Conditions have been good for survival out in the Gulf. My prayers go out to them and their families.

I better go down to the beach now and enjoy it while it is still oil free.



posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 01:35 PM
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WOW! I don't understand their comparison, but I could be wrong.

If they have drilled 1000's of feet below the ocean bottom and they are using giant pumps to pull that oil up to the surface. So, if the rig is on fire and sinking and/or sunk, the oil is no longer being pumped to the surface. As far as I know, the rig does not store oil, it only pumps it into tankers, so if the tanker didn't sink, then we are only talking about oil used to run the pumps and oil in the lines.



posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 01:39 PM
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Yep it sunk link to local news
www.wwltv.com...



posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 01:55 PM
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Originally posted by wrangell76
reply to post by SpartanKingLeonidas
 


Thanks Spartanking for those links. I really hope they find those workers alive and well. Conditions have been good for survival out in the Gulf. My prayers go out to them and their families.

I better go down to the beach now and enjoy it while it is still oil free.


I have to wonder about those 11 people missing.

Oil rigs do not generally just "sink" arbitrarily.

I suspect sabotage, it fits in with a "National Security" threat/event.

That is an opinion, mine alone, so far, and no evidence, other than gut instinct.

It affects many states, simultaneously, and will screw up the environment.

National Emergency Act : Know Your Law, When Law Is Suspended, and You May Be Arrested


Originally posted by getreadyalready
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WOW! I don't understand their comparison, but I could be wrong.

If they have drilled 1000's of feet below the ocean bottom and they are using giant pumps to pull that oil up to the surface. So, if the rig is on fire and sinking and/or sunk, the oil is no longer being pumped to the surface. As far as I know, the rig does not store oil, it only pumps it into tankers, so if the tanker didn't sink, then we are only talking about oil used to run the pumps and oil in the lines.



That's what C.N.N. was saying, notice I said it was what they said, not necessarily what was correct and or true, I was quoting them, if they lied, it is on them.

I suggest people actually go look up some of this information and formulate their own opinions, like I am doing, based upon investigative techniques and information.

I would like to see some schematics of an oil rig.


Quote from : Wikipedia : Oil Platform

An offshore platform, often referred to as an oil platform or an oil rig, is a lаrge structure used to house workers and machinery needed to drill wells in the ocean bed, extract oil and/or natural gas, process the produced fluids, and ship or pipe them to shore.

Depending on the circumstances, the platform may be fixed to the ocean floor, may consist of an artificial island, or may float.

Most offshore platforms are located on the continental shelf, though with advances in technology and increasing crude oil prices, drilling and production in deeper waters has become both feasible and economically viable.

A typical platform may have around thirty wellheads located on the platform and directional drilling allows reservoirs to be accessed at both different depths and at remote positions up to 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the platform.

Remote subsea wells may also be connected to a platform by flow lines and by umbilical connections; these subsea solutions may consist of single wells or of a manifold centre for multiple wells.


I'm looking into a few things right now but here's some basic information.



posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 02:01 PM
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Indeed, i wonder what caused the fire. IS fresh crude flammable? maybe someone was smoking when they wernt supposed too, some pipes grinded agaisnt eachother, creating a spark? I dont think crude oil is that easily flammable, but not sure either. I do know motor oil is a real pita to get burning, gotta mix it with fuel, but when it does gett going, it isnt gunna be put so easily.



posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 02:05 PM
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Originally posted by SpartanKingLeonidas
Oh yeah, "Drill baby, drill" indeed.

Ignorant fools, one and all, those politicians that allowed this to happen through their ignorance.



Government is in bed with Big Oil.
They have no real intentions of worrying about the environment. The US Bails out GM in the US. We drive comparatively crappy fuel efficient cars. Meanwhile they close factories here. I wonder just how fuel efficient all those cars GM is pumping out in China from all their shiny new plants? I bet it's way higher.

They are all about EXTENDING oil use not curtailing it.


[edit on 22-4-2010 by SLAYER69]



posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 02:16 PM
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Originally posted by SLAYER69

Originally posted by SpartanKingLeonidas
Oh yeah, "Drill baby, drill" indeed.

Ignorant fools, one and all, those politicians that allowed this to happen through their ignorance.



Government is in bed with Big Oil.
They have no real intentions of worrying about the environment. The US Bails out GM in the US. We drive comparatively crappy fuel efficient cars. Meanwhile they close factories here. I wonder just how fuel efficient all those cars GM is pumping out in China from all their shiny new plants? I bet it's way higher.

They are all about EXTENDING oil use not curtailing it.


[edit on 22-4-2010 by SLAYER69]


I know that, SLAYER69, just as much as Government is in bed with the destruction of Toyota, at the hands of gas and brake pedals.

Nothing more than smoke and mirrors.

As soon as our Government bailed out General Motors, I knew they would smash the competition.

Every car manufacturer allows vehicles to be distributed, knowing there are faulty devices, and instead of recalls, they plan for how many people they will pay off.

And all of this is in a pattern where G.M. will be bailed out, the oil industry will be slammed for irresponsibility, and pushing over all the usage of "environmentally friendly" automobiles, just to get us into cars with OnStar.

That was when we feel proud of ourselves for kicking off the "oil addiction", we will miss that all the conspiring that got us suckered into cars that track our every whereabouts, through G.P.S. and Satellite tracking systems.






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