November 20, 2012 |
NEW ORLEANS - As crews searched Sunday for a worker still missing after an oil-platform explosion and fire, doctors said that one of four men burned in the blaze is improving and is now in fair condition. Two remained in critical condition and one in serious condition, doctors say. The company that owned the platform that caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico pledged Sunday to keep searching for a second worker still missing after a body was found in about 30 feet of water near one leg of the platform.
November 19, 2012
Body found at rig; 2d sought NEW ORLEANS - The company that owns an oil platform that caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico has vowed to continue searching for a second missing worker after a body was recovered in the waters near the site. The remains of the unidentified person were found Saturday night by divers hired by Houston-based Black Elk Energy, Coast Guard spokesman Carlos Vega said. The Coast Guard has suspended its own search. John Hoffman, the president and chief executive of Black Elk Energy, wrote in an e-mail late Saturday that the body is apparently that of one of two crew members missing since an explosion and fire on the oil platform Friday morning.
November 18, 2012 |
NEW ORLEANS - Two oil workers remained lost at sea Saturday, a day after a torch being used to cut an oil pipe ignited a blaze that severely burned four others workers on a production platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The four burned workers are in critical but stable condition. Meanwhile, officials said no oil was leaking from the charred platform, a relief for Gulf Coast residents still weary two years after the BP oil spill illustrated the risk offshore drilling poses to the region's ecosystem and economy.
November 17, 2012 |
VENICE, La. - Coast Guard officials said an oil rig exploded off the coast of Louisiana, sending four people to hospitals Friday. Two others were believed to be missing. Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally, a spokesman for the Coast Guard, did not immediately have information on the conditions of those taken to hospitals. The rig, a production platform owned by Black Elk Energy, is about 25 miles southeast of Grand Isle, La. ...
August 25, 2012
2 U.S. aides shot by Mexican police MEXICO CITY - Mexican police fired on a U.S. Embassy vehicle and wounded two U.S. government employees Friday after their vehicle drove into a rural, mountainous area outside the capital where the officers were looking for criminals, Mexican and U.S. officials said. The two embassy aides were hospitalized, one with a leg wound and the other hit in the stomach and a hand, said a government official who spoke on condition of anonymity. Another official said they were in stable condition.
July 2, 2010 |
WILDWOOD CREST - It's Day 70 of the gulf oil spill, and the pontoon boat the Skimmer is being steered from the lush, green salt marsh in Jarvis Sound, where passengers have just witnessed the splendor of hundreds of nesting osprey, laughing gulls, and American oyster catchers. Ginny Powell, the craft's captain, launches into her usual talk about the importance of protecting the wetlands - a kind of nursery for many ocean animal and plant species - and, new this season, the toll the BP oil spill will have on the Gulf of Mexico and its estuaries.
October 4, 2006 |
FOLLOWING IN the musical footsteps of "Ray," "Walk the Line," "Beyond the Sea" and the upcoming "El Cantate," "Hustle & Flow" director Craig Brewer and sort-of Philly guy Terrence Howard are working on a biopic of country singer Charley Pride. Howard will portray Pride, Brewer told the Commercial Appeal of Memphis. Pride, who was born poor in Sledge, Miss., played baseball for the Memphis Red Socks of the Negro American League before beginning his career in Nashville in the 1960s.
January 16, 2006 |
Kuwait ruler is buried; was a close ally of U.S. Sheik Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah, the emir of Kuwait and one of the United States' closest Mideast allies, was buried in an unmarked grave yesterday in a ceremony attended by thousands of weeping citizens. The crown prince, Sheik Saad Al Abdullah Al Sabah - in his mid-70s and ailing himself - assumed the throne. But he was expected to leave control of day-to-day government affairs to the veteran prime minister, and no major policy shifts were expected.
August 28, 1997 |
Wayne Walters has quite a commute. His work site, the world's newest and most advanced oil-drilling facility, is a man-made island 210 miles out at sea, a 90-minute helicopter ride away. To get to it, Walters first must put on a bright orange jumpsuit made of neoprene, a synthetic rubber-like material designed to keep him alive for a half-hour, maybe more, if his chopper goes down in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic. To protect his ears from the noise of the propeller blades, he and the 18 other passengers are given earphones, with music piped in. It's just one of many amenities provided to the workers on the Hibernia offshore oil platform, where drilling began in late July, and where the first of 615 million barrels of oil is expected to start flowing by the end of the year.
June 14, 1991 |
There's something fishy going on here. Perhaps we should investigate. And if we're going to investigate, we better call in a pro. A pro like . . . JAMES POND, UNDERWATER AGENT, FOR GENESIS ($54.99). The name's Pond. James Pond, Agent Double Bubble 7 - license to bubble. Seems the world's oceans are in danger - oil spills, toxic waste, mad scientists. Only one man . . . er, fish, can stop the damage before it's too late. James Pond has 12 missions, all of which sound vaguely familiar.