The Burning and Sinking of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig

Photo: Steadfast TV, courtesy of National Geographic Channel

Yesterday, we blogged about photographs of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill hitting the Louisiana shorelines and undoubtedly you've heard about Big Oil pointing fingers and casting blames at each other about whose fault it was.

But what happened when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded? National Geographic Channel has the exclusive, never-before-seen photographs and video footage of the rig ablaze and the efforts of the US Coast Guards and first responders to put out the flame and rescue the survivors.

Over at Neatorama Spotlight, we have a few photos of the sinking rig that will leave you breathless: Link - Thanks Julie Frazier and Minjae Ormes!

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Even worse, the survivors, after being plucked from the water, were detained, sleep-deprived, and forced by Transocean to sign waivers or told they wouldn't be allowed to go home. BP sounds worse than Stalin.
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Oddly beautiful photographs of a horrific event. My condolences to the families of those lost.

However, I have to say that British Petroleum's first priority seems to be saving the well for their future use. Stopping the spill apparently isn't as important to them.
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