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    Fire rips through oil facility in Puerto Rico

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Wreybies, Oct 23, 2009.

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    William is at this moment (10:09am) still stuck in the traffic jam caused by that fire
     
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    Thank God no one was killed (That they know of).

    Scary stuff, Wrey! :eek:
    I'm curious if they'll ever find out what happened. Keep us updated.
     
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    Still nothing, but there is graffiti that went up in a few places that the police are not sure wether it represents an admission of responsibility by said graffiti-ists or just dumb kids being dumb kids.
     
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    I saw some footage on the international news segment today. Very scary stuff indeed.
     
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    I can actually see the plume of smoke from where I live. I live a good 45 minutes form the fire.
     
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    Interesting social response. When I was a kid, such events immediately led to the question about the nature of the "accident" that caused the calamity. Today, the first question is about "intent"...terrorism, whether regional or global.

    Hope nobody gets hurt fighting the fire.

    edit...also hope no one is harmed by the noxious fumes.
     
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    wow, that├Ęs insane.
     
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    That's an interesting point Salty. I hadn't thought of it that way. Scary.
     
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    I saw the fire on the news just now. It is indeed impressive, and certainly raises questions over its origin. Te FBI has begun an investigation.

    They are warning people to keep their windows cosed to reduce exposure to fumes and smoke.
     
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    Yup. I have my new little albuterol inhaler in my pocket as we speak.
     
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    Being employed in the oil and gas industry, nothing is more important that safety, for obvious reasons. There will be a large investigation into this, the outcome of which will almost certainly be a huge fine for negligence. Problem is that no-one will or will want to accept responsibilty as several operators and service companies will have interests here. Chances are, sabotage notwithstanding, that the site and terminal manager will lose their jobs as overseers to what probably could have been prevented, and their employer(s) will be left with a large bill. This is on top of course of having lost the regular production income and supply contracts whilst the refinery is off line. Fingers crossed the casualties remain very low (to ideally zero).

    Whole incident reminds me of the terminal fire in the UK four years ago: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005_Hertfordshire_Oil_Storage_Terminal_fire
     

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