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Life on an Oil Rig has its Advantages and Downfalls

The Associated Press<BR>
This Wednesday aerial photo shows oil in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana’s tip, as the Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns. The deepwater oil platform that burned for more than day after a massive explosion sank into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday turning what is likely a deadly blast into an environmental emergency, with the potential for more than 300,000 gallons of crude to foul the waters every day.

The Associated Press
This Wednesday aerial photo shows oil in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana’s tip, as the Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns. The deepwater oil platform that burned for more than day after a massive explosion sank into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday turning what is likely a deadly blast into an environmental emergency, with the potential for more than 300,000 gallons of crude to foul the waters every day.

PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) - Life on an oil rig in the Gulf of
Mexico has come a long way in the last 60 years.

Workers live for weeks on a platform some 50 miles from the
mainland, but companies try to make them comfortable with catered
food, pool tables and even mini movie theaters. At other times,
it's a world of hot metal, cramped sleeping quarters and
skin-burning sun.

The hardest part is simply being away from family.

This week's oil rig disaster off the Louisiana coast highlights
the dangers of the job, too. Eleven workers went missing after an
explosion Tuesday. More than 100 workers had to evacuate the rig by
boat.

The tragedy has also brought more attention to safety on the oil
rigs.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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