Wall St. Journal, July 24, 2013 at 12:31p ET: Gas-Drilling Rig Begins to Implode in Gulf of Mexico[…] A drilling rig that caught fire off the coast of Louisiana Tuesday night has started to collapse in on itself as natural gas continues to leak […] firefighting vessels that were in the area had to move away from the burning rig […] Analysts said the rig was equipped with blowout preventers, the safety equipment that is meant to shut off out-of-control oil and gas wells. A spokesman for Walter Oil & Gas initially said the blowout preventer appeared to have failed, but the company later said it was still investigating the incident […]
NBC News, July 24, 2013 at 1:19p ET: Gulf rig partially collapses as fire rages […] A Gulf of Mexico drilling rig has partially collapsed off the coast of Louisiana after catching fire because of a ruptured natural gas well, U.S. regulators said on Wednesday. […] The beams supporting the derrick and portable drilling rig floor have folded and have collapsed over the rig structure […]
WGNO, July 24, 2013 at 12:35p ET: No word on status of blown out natural gas platform in the Gulf […] the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement – the federal agency in charge of this incident – has been very tight-lipped about what’s going on with the rig today. […] However, the BSEE is not releasing any information this morning about what’s going on. And that’s surprising knowing the history of south Louisiana offshore drilling and the BP oil spill three years ago.