This is breaking news with lots of changing information. It’s reporter that two workers have been killed.
This is reported as a blowout but they also claim they were not actively drilling.
Here is what we know: Something on the rig blew up. People were possibly hurt. There are surely environmental consequences.
Update: The fire on the rig is believed to have been extinguished and so far there have been no reports of any spillage. The platform was not in production at the time of the explosion.
Please note: If there was an explosion, there had to be something explosive that caused the explosion. IJS.
At lease two people are missing and four were airlifted out.
This might be a good time to mention another item from the industry PSYOPS conference.
My notes from the PSYOPS conference:
43:43 Question from moderator: Bar is set so high by the public. “Energy production is a contact sport. It’s like going to a football game and not expecting–ever–a player to be left on the field, pardon me, but a graphic hit. Add to that, it’s a combustible sport, that’s why we want the energy–because it catches fire—and I’m wondering if there’s anything we can do with that context, any way to draw analogy of it so as to lower the bar and associate it with mistakes. It’s a physics based reality that mistakes happen and … be able to hear that. So any thoughts on context in providing the realities associated with human error and other forces that cause mistakes and getting the facts out there almost lessening the demoninator.”
Translation: How can we lower the bar and make it okay that we blow people up sometimes?
UPDATE: Let’s not lower the bar. Let’s raise the bar. FACTs about clean energy. Spread the word.
UPDATE: The Coast Guard is now saying there have been no confirmed deaths.
The 11 injured were airlifted to hospital in Louisiana. At least four are said to be in critical condition with severe third-degree burns, according to reports.