U.S. Oil Platform on Fire in Gulf of Mexico

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Oil platform. Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care


A small offshore oil platform caught fire in shallow water near the coast of Louisiana on Friday and a sheen was seen in the sea after workers were evacuated, officials said…

Read Full Article, Reuters

Two Dead in new Gulf of Mexico Oil Rig Accident, AFP (05-05-2015)

Gulf of Mexico Oil Rig Explosion Leaves Four Workers Dead, (04-01-2015)
Three hundred workers evacuated from platform owned by Mexico’s state-run Pemex after explosion early morning.

U.S. Gives Conditional OK To Shell Oil For Drilling Off Alaska’s Arctic Shore, (05-14-2015)
The Obama administration has given conditional approval to Shell Oil’s plan to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean this summer. The company wants to resume drilling in the Chukchi Sea off northwestern Alaska; it broke off that effort in 2012 because of safety problems…

Why U.S. East Coast Should Stay Off-Limits to Oil Drilling, Yale E360 (02-28-2015)
It’s not just the potential for a catastrophic spill that makes the new proposal to open Atlantic Ocean waters to oil exploration such a bad idea. What’s worse is the cumulative impact on coastal ecosystems that an active oil industry would bring…

Offshore drilling will lead to unavoidable accidents, beach devastation, News Observer (02-02-2015)
“Our coasts are a special place. They attract more than 11 million visitors each year from Corolla to Sunset Beach. Visitors come to see the wild horses, the place where the Wright Brothers first took flight or just to relax and play in the surf with their families. This is what we stand to lose if we allow drilling off of our coasts…”

State of Emergency Declared for Oil Spill Off Santa Barbara Coast (05-21-2015)
The length grew from 4 miles to 9 overnight, an amount that was “more than we anticipated last night,” U.S Coast Guard Capt. Jennifer Williams said…


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