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November 17, 2012 | By Sam Wood, BREAKING NEWS DESK
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.  ...
NEWS
July 8, 1988 | By Mike Leary, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
October 4, 1988 | By Robert O'Connor, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 1986 | By JOE BALTAKE, Daily News Film Critic
"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")
NEWS
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.
NEWS
February 21, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 2008 | By Wendy Rosenfield FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
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February 21, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
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.
NEWS
June 11, 2013
Immigration votes are set WASHINGTON - Senators prepared Monday for the first votes in the full Senate on a landmark immigration bill, readying amendments on contentious issues including border security, back taxes, and health-care coverage. The two votes scheduled for Tuesday are on procedural measures to officially allow debate to move forward on the measure to remake the nation's immigration laws and offer eventual citizenship to some 11 million people here illegally. Both votes are expected to pass easily.
NEWS
November 20, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
NEWS
November 18, 2012 | By Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
November 17, 2012 | By Sam Wood, BREAKING NEWS DESK
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.  ...
NEWS
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.
NEWS
April 1, 2012 | Sandy Bauers
The Man Who Quit Money?By Mark Sundeen?Riverhead. 260 pp. $15 paperback ?Reviewed by Sandy Bauers   I have just read 260 pages about Daniel Suelo, and I'm still not sure I know what to make of him. I may never figure it out. It's just so mind-blowing. In 2000, when Suelo was 39, he put his last $30 inside a phone booth and walked away. He has not used money since. Author Mark Sundeen, who has written an extraordinary and thought-provoking book about this strange man, assures readers that Suelo "came from a good family and had been to college.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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