2 Dead, 2 Missing As Another Oil Platform Burning In Gulf Of Mexico

Tyler Durden's picture


Mere hours after BP settles, the US Coast Guard confirms there is an offshore (shallow water) platform burning in the Gulf of Mexico in the area of West Delta Block 32 (near West Cote Blanche Bay). The platform is owned by Black Elk Energy and is about 25 miles southeast of Grand Isle.

Local TV says that two people are dead and two people are missing after an explosion at the platform. More to come...

  • UPDATE:Gulf rig fire was result of rig explosion at oil/gas platform "West Delta 32"owned by Black Elk Oil, ac. to Coast Guard

Via AP:

WEST COTE BLANCHE, La. (AP) — Coast Guard officials say they are investigating a fire at an oil drilling platform off the coast of Louisiana.


A parish officials says the rig is not drilling at a deepwater site like the Macondo well that blew out in 2010. That blowout led to an explosion that killed 11 workers and led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.


Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts tells WWL-TV that the platform is a shallow water platform in the Gulf of Mexico. It is near West Cote Blanche Bay, south of New Iberia on the south-central Louisiana coast.


The Coast Guard says it has activated a command center to investigate the fire.


The size of the fire was not immediately clear, nor was it known if there were any injuries.

And from Reuters:

An offshore oil and natural gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico burst into flames on Friday, killing at least two people and leaving two missing, officials in Louisiana said.


The structure is owned by Black Elk, an energy firm in Houston, according to media reports on local television in Louisiana. Black Elk did not immediately respond to requests for comment.


An official from Jefferson Parish confirmed there were two deaths and two people missing. A Coast Guard official told cable news network CNN that at least six people had been aboard the platform. He said the Coast Guard has search and rescue helicopters en route to the stricken platform.


According to local media reports, the platform produced both oil and natural gas and is located around 17 miles offshore Grand Isle, Louisiana.

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LongSoupLine's picture

WTF!!!  Wait, where's Corzine?

EscapeKey's picture

how about the cantarell oil field production profile? what's their excuse? "abiotic processes" taking a day off?



Dr. Richard Head's picture

We need more dinosaurs to rot apparently.  I can't believe the school my daughter goes to still teaches that shit.  Wait, on second thought, I can. Carry on. 

NotApplicable's picture

So... how far is this rig away from the methane sinkhole bomb?

Earl of Chiswick's picture

Dear Eric:

"Black Elk Energy is focused on securing undercapitalized assets with the intention of maximizing financial returns through exploitation and operational efficiencies"



exi1ed0ne's picture

Did they copy/paste that directly from the Dilbert mission statement generator? 

redpill's picture

I like the "two missing" comments, as if there's anywhere you could have run off to when you're on a fucking exploding oil rig in the middle of the ocean.

francis_sawyer's picture

Burning Platform???... I thought this was a Simon Black article so I dutifully clicked thru to gain valuable insights on how to better my shitty life...

redpill's picture

Call the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co!  Corexit prawns are back on the daily specials menu baby!!

NotApplicable's picture

To answer my own question, roughly 35-50 miles.

EscapeKey's picture

Well, it could be worse. They could teach her that the earth is 6,000 years old, and dinosaurs roamed the world while people were around.


Temporalist's picture

Dr. Dick and EK 95% of oil is abiotic as it is mined and pumped to the surface by Morlocks in order to poison the earth's surface.

Drachma's picture

We don't really know how old the earth is? Modern geology and evolutionary biology are based on tautologies. The geological column is used to date fossils, while at the same time fossils are used to date rock strata. Radio-isotope dating is marred with calibration assumptions among others. The process of planet formation under the consensus gravity-only accretion-disk model is wrought with inconsistencies and contradictions. It's all a mess basically. I'm not saying the earth is 6000 years old but, don't take things for granted either. Just saying.

zapdude's picture

Excellent point.  Tautology = circular reasoning, i.e. "This reading tells me that this rock is somewhere between 3 million to 50 million years old, but I found it in the XYZ layer in the geological column, so it MUST be 2 billions years old."  And then the reverse.

My favorite example for the young Earth theory is the Roche Limit, a mathematical axiom of the minimum distance between two planetary bodies before their gravitational fields would begin to tear each other apart.  Assuming that the moon has slowly been escaping Earth's gravity well (at 1.5 inches/year) at the same rate, rewind the clock and you'll have the moon well within the Roche limit between the moon and the Earth (11,500 miles) within a few million years.  Modern scientists cannot explain how this can be while at the same time insisting Earth is ~ 4 billion yrs old.  Total bunk.

GoinFawr's picture

"Modern scientists cannot explain how this can be while at the same time insisting Earth is ~ 4 billion yrs old"

Total Bunk indeud.

That ~1.5 inches isn't a constant rate, but an acceleration.

There, I just explained what you claimed no modern scientist ever could.

zapdude's picture

Sorry, that's an incorrect explanation. Try this:

The present speed of recession of the moon is known. If one multiplies this recession speed by the presumed evolutionary age, the moon would be much farther away from the earth than it is, even if it had started from the earth. It could not have been receding for anything like the age demanded by the doctrine of evolution. There is as yet no tenable alternative explanation that will yield an evolutionary age of 4 billion years or more for the moon. Here is as simple a proof as science can provide that the moon is not as old as claimed.

It turns out that the earth-moon tidal friction causes the earth's spin rate to be slowing down. Lord Kelvin used that changing spin rate, assumed an initial molten earth, and proved that the earth could not be a billion years old, or the earth's present shape would be different.

Hence from theoretical and observational considerations there are two proofs that the earth-moon system can not be as old as a billion years.

1) The earth-moon spacing and recession rate refutes that long age.
2) The shape of the earth refutes that long age.


EscapeKey's picture

Fucking LOL, so because science hasn't yet come up with a conclusive theory, it's a proof of god's existance?

Fuck me, God must have died thousands of times already, as existing frontiers of science have continuously been moved.

Regardless, attraction is a result of mass and distance squared, and as the ebb and tide will shift the gravitational centre around a tiny bit, it could result in the moon escaping earth little by little. Of course, that's just a theory I quickly whipped up, but even that would be hypercomplex and almost impossible to "prove"... to some, at least.

zapdude's picture

So you prefer your imaginary math "teacher" to have an open mind (among other things), but don't seem to exemplify that trait yourself.  Good to know.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Allow me to sum up.  Faith can exist without science, but science cannot exist without faith.

EscapeKey's picture

Yes, because articles from "Institute for Creation Research", which quote OTHER articles from the same source just screams an open mind.

And my teacher is supposed to have big tits. That's an important point!

smiler03's picture

It's unbelievable what you god squad morons will believe in and it's very disturbing that so many of the supposedly intelligent people who live here believe in creationism and all the nonsense that goes along with that. You can't accept that you were brainwashed from birth. You won't even contemplate that your whole god theory was made up by primitive people who were mentally weak and needed something to prop up their need for a hierarchy.  

Bat shit crazy Christians. This website says it more succintly than I can:

"The Institute for Creation Research (ICR) is a young-Earth creationist faux-research organization that produces voluminous quote mines and logical fallacies in pursuit of debunking evolution and an old earth. They are essentially a bunch of cranks who want to undermine science education and eventually turn the United States into a young-Earth creationistdominionist society. The Institute was founded by Henry Morris in 1972 and has since gone on to become one of the centers of the anti-evolution movement and quite possibly the general anti-science movement in the US."


I have no intention of reading any replies to this because I won't waste my time on ignorant fucktards, particularly the type on here who don't give a flying fuck about anybody but themselves.

Christians, especially the radically stupid American ones, fuck you.

GoinFawr's picture

"The present speed of recession of the moon is known"

Sorry, that's an incorrect explanation. Try this:

As I have already pointed out, the recession of the moon isn't happening at a speed (constant rate), it is a result of acceleration (most likely variable too).

But I'll humour you and assume that all the craters and pockmarks on the moon are just God wanting to make it look like it had bad skin as a teenager, and that 3.6 cm (~1.5")/year is a constant rate in place ever since He conjured it into existence:

A generous to your point Roche limit for Earth/Moon
= 2.423 x (Earth radius) x [(Earth density) / (Moon density)]
= 2.423 x (6,380 km) x [5.52 / 3.34]
= 25,500 km

Current distance between the earth and moon= 384,400 km

Earth to Moon distance 4 billion years in the past using
flat rate of 3.6 cm / year = 240,400 km

240,000 plus km> 25,500 km


zapdude's picture

Huh.  Actually you're right.  +1 for you.

I did further research and my own math. 

Shame on me for not doing my homework first.

There are other proofs I could point to for a young earth, but I won't.

michael_engineer's picture

The gravitational and mass inputs to the earth moon system are unknown for almost all time and hence guesses at past orbiting characteristics are conjecture and theory with a wider margin for error and uncertainty. As we saw with Shoemaker Levy comet, a mass input and small gravitational perturbations occurred on Jupiter. Any time in the past millions of years a wandering interloper small moon sized object could have passed close to the earth moon vicinity and gravitational forces could have changed the orbital characteristics either farther or closer. Roches limit might not been reached so there wouldn't even be a ring to sweep up. The dinosaur killer asteroid 65 million years ago was even a small input.

AGuy's picture

They can only determine the mininum age of rock not the max. So if radio-isotope decay shows the rock to be 2 billion years it can't be younger than 2 Billion, but it could be older ie 4 billion. FWIW: The not only do they measure the amount of radioactive materials but the quanitity of daughters contained in the sample, Different isotopes can be paired up with their decay products. Each radioactive isotope has its own unique decay chain. More than one isotope can be measured and the data from the measurements can be comparied to validate the age.

I think the Earth is probably closer to 6 Billion years since the Earth was struck by another planet to form the Earth and moon about 4.5 billion years ago. Most of the tests show the Earth is about 4.5 billion, the time of the collision. When that impact happened virtually all of the crust would have been liquidied so it difficult to find rocks older than 4.5 billion. I do recall reading an article that they found a rock in Canada that dated to about 5.8 Billion. Perhaps this rock was blasted off the planet and fell to earth after the collision preserving its age.

They have also dated metorites to 4.5 Billion, but I suspect much of the rock between the sun and Jupiter are remnants of the Earth Collision about 4.5 billion. Pehaps the only way to test the real age is to get samples from Kuiper Belt which probably contain little to none of the Earth Collision remnants.

My guess is that body that the Earth collided with had mass larger than moon and smaller than Mars. Its unlikely that this planet would have grown so soon after the solar system formed and not have crashed into another planet . It probably was in an temporary stable orbit that became unstable because of another body that destabilized its orbit over tens to hundreds of millions of years, leading to its collision with the Earth.

Also consider we have a long history of under estimating the age of the Earth. Its went from thousands to tens of thousands to 100's of thousands, millions... to billlions. I have no reason to believe the current estimate 4.5 Billion is not just another underestimate.


juliawong's picture

Great observation with:"Modern geology and evolutionary biology are based on tautologies."

I debated with my professor in an evolution course about evolution is merely a tautologies and he just said no and I was 20 years old back then.

Of course it's a tautology:

Whatever species with features which are adaptive to the current environment survives and reproduces.

Whatever species which didn't have features which were adaptive to the current environment did not survive and reproduce.


Test of tautological-ness:

Does it(insert any animals/plants/chairs/stuff animals/widgets) survive and reproduce? Yes. Ergo, it is adaptive and evolution is Riiiiiiiiight.

Did it survive and reproduce? No. Ergo. Evolution is Riiight again and it was the species that didn't make the cut and/or was not adaptive.

Whichever way, Evolution is Riiiiiiight!!!!!!!!

zapdude's picture

At the risk of inviting more bashing upon myself, I actually happen to believe that. 

1. A pre-flood Earth encased with upper atmosphere water vapor layer with a single super continent with homogenous climate best explains incredible size of plants & animals (3' long dragonflys, seismosaurus, etc) and longevity of humans at that time (800+yrs).  Water vapor layer would increase atmospheric pressure, similar to bariatric chambers used in hospitals today.

2. A cataclysmic global flood caused by water vapor sheild collapsing, combined with violent tectonic/volcanic activity, best explains rapid water burial of enormous masses of organic material contained in the fossil record, as well as fossil fuels (gas, oil, coal, etc). 

3. Mainstream scientists today assume that all observable processes today (sediment deposit in the ocean, continental drift/expansion, radioactive decay in organic matter, etc) have always moved at the same rate.  What if a global cataclysm violently accomplished almost all of these changes in a period of less than a year?  [Scientist's head explodes due to overlooked but very important question.]

Bash away, but people far smarter than myself can articulate this theory quite well.  Just take a moment to think about it.

Flakmeister's picture

Find yourself a Jesuit in your neighborhood and talk to him about reconciling the Bible with science...

I am being serious....

Edit:  Almost forgot, check the sex offender registry first to make sure he isn't a pedaphile....

zapdude's picture

I have no interest or reason to meet with a Jesuit.  I'm not catholic, thankfully. 

BTW, the sexual abuse is no laughing matter -- watch the documentary "Deliver us from evil".  Gut-wrenching on so many levels.

smiler03's picture

It's always good to see religious tolerance from a religious person. /sarc

zapdude's picture

Good grief, what an impressively stupid comment.

Yes, I am 'religious' and am tolerant of other religions, but that has nothing to do with approving of pedophile monsters masquerading around as priests, pastors, reverends, teachers, guidance counselors, coaches, clowns or anything else. 

EscapeKey's picture

Right, so continents which drift just over an inch per year were connected 6,000 years ago, but moved apart due to a single year of massive moment, which then suddenly stopped. What in the fucking fuck? Has anyone actually calculated the amount of energy required to set this in motion, and ultimately, bring it to a virtual halt soon after?

There's something really badly wrong with my math. I guess I need a new teacher. Preferably blonde, big tits, and with an open mind.

Flakmeister's picture

Yeah, Africa/South America, magnetic field reversals.....

I was trying to be polite, faith based science arguments are never won by the scientfic method... LOL

Biosci's picture

It's not that they're completely unburdened by facts; it's that they're only burdened by the facts they choose to accept.

Not to mention the really profound misunderstanding of how science works.  Scientists spend far more of their time trying to disprove their hypotheses than to support them.  That is what science is:  weeding out the alternatives until the truth remains.

juliawong's picture

Science in one word: falsifiability.

Got falsifiability? Science.

Fantasy fairytales that can never be disproved/falsified? As in the flying noodles monster? Not Science.

By this definition, none of these are practical "science" subjects due to the vast long time (in terms of human lifetimes) to do any experiments on them:

Archeology, human evolution theory, anything that involves fossils and how they all look (or smell?) like they are related or not.

Although DNA codes are a lot more preferably then long dead fossils, it still doesn't escape the fact that lineages among the living organisms cannot be "proven" or "falsified" with the robustness of other types of science like chemistry or physics.

Flakmeister's picture


can I call you Dick for short?

Anyway, you gotta do better than that tired old strawman about dinosaurs....

aint no fortunate son's picture

damn, even more fallout from Sandy

Gringo Viejo's picture

To illustrate what a tawdry farce the MSM has become, in the early '70s, it would take 50 or more trapped and dying West Virginia coal miners to generate a story of national importance or interest. People then were aware that there's a certain element of risk in just being alive. Today's American is mesmerized by meaningless jackshit.

pods's picture

Sounds like another high pressure gas blowout.  


Mr. Fix's picture


How long to $5.00 Gas???!!!

Spastica Rex's picture

Define what you mean by "$5.00."

redpill's picture

Per happy hour-sized shot

DaveyJones's picture

"happy-hour" is a brilliant analogy to mankind's brief love affair with oil 

how long is the hang over

I've noticed as the cheap food platters disappear and the closing bell looms, more bar fights are breaking out

Flakmeister's picture

And the new conventional oil plays are like the fat ugly broads at the bar, what was once ignored now become irresistable....

DaveyJones's picture

and the wise older ones that warned us that when our money ran out, so would the spandex