GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) — An offshore petroleum platform exploded and was burning Friday in the Gulf of Mexico about 80 miles off the Louisiana coast, west of the site where BP’s undersea well spilled after a rig explosion.
Current reports that there are no injuries, and they don’t know if any oil is leaking yet.
I hate to come off as paranoid, I really, really do, but 2 explosions in 6 months, after 30 years without any major incidents? And look at the timing – just after cleanup operations from the Deepwater Horizon accident have been wrapped up, and just as it’s fading form the general public’s infinitesimal attention span? While the anti-drilling environmentalists have been pushing Congress on banning deepwater drilling, and the administration keeps trying to put a “moratorium” on it despite the courts ruling the moratorium invalid because it’s arbitrary and not based on any evidence?
There’s just too much going on all at the same time for me to simply dismiss this as coincidence until there is real evidence about what happened here. I really hate having to think that way, but I just can’t assume coincidence with this.
(h/t A Conservative Shemale)
[Source: New York Times article, retrieved 9/2/10 at 1222hrs EDT]