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After Black Elk: Rig disasters a byproduct of America’s addiction to oil


Here’s a promised update on the oil rig explosion off the coast of Louisiana on Friday. First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers go out this Thanksgiving week to the loved ones of the two crew members — one confirmed dead, one still listed as missing — who were lost in the tragedy. This is the latest on that front: Black Elk Energy, the owner of an oil platform caught fire...

Breaking: New oil rig disaster in Gulf off La.; 2 feared dead, 2 missing


We’re following news reports of a new fatal oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Ironically, this new tragedy occurred just hours after a $4.5 billion criminal fine was imposed on BP for its reckless behavior in the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in 2010. Here’s what we know so far: WEST COTE BLANCHE, La. — Coast Guard officials say an oil rig fire has been put out after an...

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