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. ...
July 8, 1988 |
Authorities said yesterday that at least 164 people were believed dead in the world's worst oil-rig accident - the explosion and fire Wednesday night at a huge American-owned platform in the North Sea. "It was like the platform had been hit by an atomic bomb," oil rigger Tony Sinnett, told reporters. "There was a massive mushroom cloud and flames shooting into the air. " He watched the explosion aboard Occidental Petroleum's Piper Alpha oil platform from the firefighting vessel Tharos, which was anchored only a quarter-mile away.
February 21, 2015 |
As a federal judge determines how many billions BP should pay for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Obama administration is pushing a troubling plan to allow drilling in the Atlantic Ocean off the East Coast from Virginia to Georgia. Environmentalists say President Obama is suffering from "oil spill amnesia," and the oil companies no doubt hope the American public is suffering a memory lapse, too. Obama withdrew an offshore drilling plan in 2010, shortly after BP's oil rig exploded, killing 11 people and spewing 200 million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico over 87 days.
October 4, 1988 |
The latest fatal oil-rig explosion in the North Sea has ignited a fierce debate about safety conditions in Britain's offshore energy fields. On Sept. 22, 66 men escaped safely after a gas explosion and fire aboard the Ocean Odyssey, a floating oil rig 130 miles east of Aberdeen, Scotland. A 25-year-old radio operator died when he returned to his post to continue sending a distress signal. The Ocean Odyssey fire came less than three months after a July 6 explosion and fire killed 167 men on Occidental Petroleum's Piper Alpha oil platform, 85 miles north of the Ocean Odyssey.
April 29, 2010
As a human and environmental tragedy plays out in the Gulf of Mexico after last week's explosion of an oil rig, President Obama's decision to expand offshore oil and gas exploration to the Atlantic Coast looks even more misguided. With little hope of finding 11 missing workers at the oil well 50 miles off the Louisiana coast, the focus at the site of the explosion has turned to the 42,000 gallons of crude belching daily from leaks in a pipeline some 5,000 feet under water. An oil slick with a 600-mile circumference - described as the size of Rhode Island - is spreading closer and closer to the coastline.
May 27, 1986 |
"Water. " A comedy starring Michael Caine, Valerie Perrine, Brenda Vaccaro and Leonard Rossiter. Directed by Dick Clement from a screenplay by Ian La Frenais, Bill Persky and Clement. Photographed by Douglas Slocombe. Edited by John Victor Smith. Music by Mike Moran. Running time: 91 minutes. An Atlantic release. At the Mark I, 19th and Market Sts. The British film industry remains dead and buried, despite a huffing, puffing periodic attempt to revive it. In the past few years, this cause has produced a batch of films that, at best, can be called "curious": The impressive films ("The Long Good Friday," "A Private Function" and "The Missionary")
September 7, 2010
In the wake of the deadly BP oil-rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and a fire that broke out on a nearby rig Thursday, it's fortunate that President Obama appears to be moving ahead quickly on his administration's pledge to "clean up the mess" at the Interior Department. A former federal prosecutor and Department of Justice inspector general, Michael R. Bromwich, was named in June to take over the agency that oversees offshore drilling. That was followed last week by the enactment of tough, new ethics rules for the renamed Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
June 4, 2010
By Leonard Pitts Jr. Now they're saying August. August . After a month and a half of "top kill" and "junk shot," of chemical dispersants and high-tech domes, of skimmers and controlled burns, this is what we have to show for it. We are told it may take another two months to stop oil from spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. And that's assuming no hurricane sweeps into the Gulf and forces temporary suspension of the effort to dig two relief wells. The immediate consequences of the April 20 oil rig explosion that started all this have long been manifest.
June 2, 2010
People who have never wished the Obama administration well are smacking their lips in glee because they believe the BP oil spill will be as politically damaging to the president as it is environmentally harmful to the Gulf Coast. "I don't see how the president's position and popularity can survive the oil spill," said former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan, who suggested in her Wall Street Journal column Tuesday that Republicans shouldn't be too quick to dance on Obama's grave.
February 1, 2008 |
Here are just a few of the subjects either tackled by or referred to in Black Gold, Seth Rozin's new play for InterAct: oil; the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; the healing power of theater; Hurricane Katrina; the economy; Greek comedy; the presidential election; Soylent Green; eminent domain; racism; Osama Bin Laden; African political unrest; alternative sources of energy. So, before everyone starts running for the aisles, take a deep breath and step back to assess the situation.