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Chron Energy Newslinks | 04.22.10 | Transocean rig accident coverage, other energy news

Coverage of the Transocean rig fire and explosion: • 11 still missing but search continues. • Families who knews the risks waited long for word on loved ones, but survivor says “they won’t find ‘em.” • There have been 509 fires and $8.5 million in fines assessed since 2005 against Gulf of Mexico oil and […]  More »

"It blew out and we had like zero time," says survivor

Workers from Transocean’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig got back onshore later than expected last night, around 2 a.m. vs. 8 p.m. Several busloads of workers who survived the catastrophic fire arrived at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Kenner, La., by bus at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday. The busses drove to a side entrance. The workers […]  More »

Crews get ready for possible oil, diesel spills

The U.S. Coast Guard and companies fighting the blaze aboard the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon must be ready for the possible spill of some 336,000 gallons per day (or 8,000 barrels) of crude oil from the well sitting 5,000 feet below the Gulf of Mexico waters. For now most of the oil flowing unrestricted up […]  More »

Transocean rig accident: What was behind the blowout?

Schlumberger This is was the riser looks like that sits between a drilling rig on the surface and the well on the ocean floor. Transocean officials said Wednesday it appeared the accident was caused by a blowout, the uncontrolled flow of hydrocarbons up the rig’s riser, followed by an ignition of the hydrocarbons. The company […]  More »

Oil rig explodes off La.; 11 missing, 17 hurt

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509 blazes have hit Gulf of Mexico rigs since 2006

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Flight medic's eye view

The flames were so bright that flight paramedic Marc Creswell, wearing night vision goggles, could see them from 70 miles away, despite the black, billowing smoke. In 20 years flying medical missions with the Lafayette-based Acadian Ambulance Service, he said, this is the most dramatic offshore disaster he’s seen. “I’ve seen oilfield fires, but this […]  More »

Video: Families of Deepwater Horizon Workers await word

As the search continues for 11 people missing from a drilling rig that experienced an explosion and fire late Tuesday night about 40 miles off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico, WDSU NewsChannel 6 has this report from Port Fourchon, La., where families of the rig workers await word. In a news conference […]  More »

Live blog: Transocean Deepwater Horizon accident press conference

We’ve concluded our coverage of the press conference, but you can replay this chat at your convenience. Thanks for all of your comments and questions. If you have more to share, drop me a line at or 713-362-7542. Transocean deepwater rig accident press event  More »

Missing workers sought after accident on oil rig

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BP refinery in Texas City briefly fades to black

BP’s refinery in Texas City, Texas, came to a halt today because of a short power outage that caused units to go offline, Bloomberg reported. “The whole plant lost steam,” said Bruce Clawson, director of Texas City’s Emergency Management office, said in an interview. Non-essential personnel were evacuated, which is a standard procedure, he said. […]  More »

11 workers missing after Transocean offshore rig accident *Updates*

AP Source: ESRI, Rigs, Reefs and Wrecks. The Coast Guard now says 11 workers are missing after a fire Tuesday night on the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon. There were 17 injured workers flown to hospitals, 4 transferred to other rigs or vessels and 94 travelling via boat back to Port Fourchon, La. ++++++++++ *Update* The […]  More »

Photo gallery: Images from the Deepwater Horizon disaster

Anonymous source Click on the picture above to see photos of the Deepwater Horizon blaze and its aftermath.  More »

Keystone pipeline could begin operating early May, probably June

TransCanada Corp. has filed with U.S. regulators to begin operating its $5.2 billion Keystone pipeline as early as May 15, Reuters said. The Keystone XL pipeline is designed to eventually carry 900,000 barrels of Canadian crude a day from Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast. TransCanada’s filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, dated April […]  More »

Drilling rig accident victim phone number set up *update*

Transocean has set up a phone number for family members of the workers onboard the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, which was involved in an accident Tuesday night. Family members can call 832-587-8554 for any updates or information. The Coast Guard says 12 people 11 people are still missing from the accident. Seventeen were injured, four […]  More »