BIG Oil Rig Explosion Off Louisiana Coast, 11 to 15 People Missing, Infernal Blaze
This photo of the Deepwater Horizon rig was taken on Wed 21 Apr 2010 12:39:42 AM EDT. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard
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Reminding Us of the Dangers of Fossil Fuels
After the tragedy in a coal mine in West Virginia and the oil spill caused by a coal-carrying ship near Australia, disaster strikes again in the fossil fuel business. Something went terribly wrong on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, 52 miles (84km) south-east of the Louisiana port of Venice, and an explosion occurred at 10 p.m. CDT on Tuesday night.
This photo of survivors of the Deepwater Horizon rig was taken on Wed 21 Apr 2010 03:31:49 AM EDT. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard
Conflicting Reports on Missing Crew
There are conflicting reports on the number of missing, according to the Coast Guard, but it ranges from 11 to 15 people. There were 126 workers aboard the rig at the time of the blast.
Four helicopters, four coast guard boats and a plane are helping to search for the missing workers. The hope is that they are in a life raft.
According to the BBC: "seven injured workers were airlifted to a naval air station near New Orleans, then taken to hospitals. Two were taken to a trauma centre in Mobile, Alabama, which has a burns unit. Fire boats were still battling the flames on the rig as of Wednesday morning."
The rig was drilling, but not in production. It was under contract to BP.
As of now, the cause of the blast is unknown. The priority is of course to make sure everybody is safe. Once that's done, the investigation will begin.