Excellent NY TIMES coverage of the recent incident in the Gulf. We need more reporting like this, careful with nuances and not eager to hype a situation already bade.
Environmental groups quickly issued news releases, arguing that the fire proved the wisdom of the current federal moratorium on deepwater offshore drilling though the platform was not drilling, nor was it in deep water.
Officials from [the company involved in the incident ] Mariner, echoed by others in the industry, took pains to note the differences between this fire and the explosion that sank the Deepwater Horizon.
“There was no blowout, no explosion, no injuries, no spill,” said Patrick Cassidy, the director of investor relations for Mariner Energy, a relatively small oil and gas company in Houston with 330 employees and about $1 billion in annual revenues.
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