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December 8, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Hundreds of protesters ended their three-day siege of oil platforms in Nigeria, paddling away in canoes and boats after Royal Dutch Shell and ChevronTexaco agreed to talks. Villagers protested what they said was a lack of local benefits from more than four decades of drilling around their impoverished community, Kula.
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October 2, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW - Fourteen Greenpeace activists were charged with piracy Wednesday in connection with their protest at a Russian oil platform in the Arctic, an official of the environmental group said. The charges, issued by prosecutors in Murmansk, carry a sentence of up to 15 years in prison and reflect the seriousness with which Russia regards any threat to its energy industry, the foundation of its economy. They also may hint at the ascendancy of hard-liners in President Vladimir Putin's Kremlin, one analyst said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1994 | J.E. MITCHELL
Following weeks of extensive surveying, the federal Minerals Management Service has determined that none of the 12 oil platforms offshore of Ventura County sustained damage in the Jan. 17 Northridge earthquake. The agency, which regulates oil production in federal waters, sent out a team of inspectors two days after the earthquake to survey a total of 24 platforms and their connecting sea-floor pipelines off the California coast.
WORLD
August 5, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson and Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - If Mexico had a crown jewel, it would be the giant state oil monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex. Year after year, it has poured billions of dollars into the state treasury, historically paying for schools, hospitals, dams, highways, ports and more. The seizure of foreign oil companies 75 years ago that created the company is a cause for annual celebrations affirming Mexico's fierce sense of independence from outside interference. Yet even as the country's new president, Enrique Peña Nieto, credits Pemex with building the nation, his administration acknowledges that the notoriously inefficient conglomerate is in trouble: If it is not opened to private and foreign investment, Mexico, the world's ninth-largest oil producer, will become a net energy importer by 2020, officials say. As Peña Nieto moves ahead with a plan to overhaul Pemex, he is navigating the most perilous political minefield of his young presidency.
NEWS
October 17, 1986 | Associated Press
A helicopter carrying an offshore oil platform pipe-laying crew crashed at sea Thursday off Point Conception, killing two men and injuring two others, authorities said. A military helicopter from nearby Vandenberg Air Force Base plucked the two most seriously injured workers from the ocean 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles and took them to the base hospital, Air Force Sgt. Fred Bolinger said. The men, who were not immediately identified, died shortly after arrival, Bolinger said.
WORLD
July 28, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Fire destroyed a platform in India's biggest oil field, killing at least eight people and leaving 45 missing, according to the Petroleum Ministry and media reports. Navy and coast guard ships evacuated at least 335 people from the platform, 100 miles off Bombay, before the fire was brought under control, a Petroleum Ministry spokesman said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1990 | CAROLYN KUSKY
A Ventura-based research firm has received $753,005 from the U.S. Department of the Interior to study whether offshore oil platforms along the California coast are drawing fish away from their natural environment. Marine Research Specialists is leading a team of 30 marine scientists in a 12-month study of the waters around Platform Hidalgo, a Chevron-operated oil rig south of Point Conception.
NEWS
October 19, 1987 | Associated Press
The United States destroyed two Iranian offshore oil platforms in the central Persian Gulf today in retaliation for a missile attack on a U.S.-flagged tanker, U.S. officials announced. White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said gunfire from four U.S. destroyers blasted "the two platforms at one location. They both collapsed." Iran confirmed the attack and vowed "a crushing response."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 1994 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Poised on the ocean's surface like a navy of giant, floating insects, the offshore oil platforms here are viewed as unhealthy, polluting eyesores by some and curiosities by others. To scientists, however, the platforms--which sit on stilts extending as far as 700 feet to the ocean floor--provide nothing short of a biological miracle. "They are similar to an island with a fairly steep shelf," said Bob Meek, whose doctorate in marine biology comes from UC Santa Barbara.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1991 | CAROL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 58-foot fishing boat crashed into an oil platform off the Ventura coast early Monday when the captain fell asleep at the wheel, authorities said. Aniello Gugliemo, 48, captain and owner of the Trionfo, was in fair condition at Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo, where he underwent surgery for a dislocated shoulder, a hospital spokeswoman said. Officials at Chevron U.S.A. Inc., which owns the platform, said they do not keep statistics on rammings of oil platforms.
NATIONAL
November 24, 2012
A welder injured in an explosion on an oil platform off the Louisiana coast two weeks ago has died -- only hours after his family had arrived at his bedside, the Philippines Embassy announced. "We were very saddened to learn Avelino Tajonera , one of the workers injured in the Nov. 16 incident, passed away last night, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family," Black Elk Energy said in a statement Saturday. "We continue to work in close cooperation with government officials to understand exactly what happened in this incident.
NATIONAL
November 17, 2012 | By Joseph Serna
Divers inspecting a Black Elk Energy oil platform that burst into flames in the Gulf of Mexico recovered a body from the water under the platform Saturday night, Coast Guard officials said. Black Elk officials were not immediately available to confirm whether the body was that of one of two missing workers not seen since Friday's explosion. The body was discovered hours after the Coast Guard had called off its search, which covered 1,400 square miles. The platform, located off the Louisiana shore about 20 miles southeast of Grand Isle, was rocked Friday by an explosion and fire as workers cut through a pipe.
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November 16, 2012 | By Michael Muskal and Richard Simon
An oil platform exploded off of the coast of Louisiana, injuring at least four people, the Coast Guard said Friday. Officials were searching for at least two people who were believed to be missing. The explosion took place about 9 a.m. local time, sparking a fire on the platform that has since been extinguished, a Coast Guard spokesman, Chief Bobby Nash, said in an  interview with the Los Angeles Times. At least four people were evacuated from the platform, about 25 miles off the coast of Louisiana near Grand Isle, and taken to a hospital.
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September 4, 2010 | By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
Louisianans expressed relief Friday that another offshore tragedy had been averted: A second oil facility that caught fire this week did not cause a leak, and no one was hurt. But many here were also worried that Thursday's production-platform blaze dealt a public relations blow to an industry that is crucial to the regional economy and is still reeling from the April 20 blowout of the Deepwater Horizon rig. When she first heard about the fire, New Orleans legal assistant Terri Heimel said to herself, "Oh God, how could this happen again?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2008 | Tony Perry, Perry is a Times staff writer
With their maze of aging pipes and narrow catwalks high above the Persian Gulf, they look like something out of "Waterworld," Kevin Costner's post-apocalyptic vision of the future. Their names too seem lifted from a sci-fi flick: ABOT and KAAOT. But the two Iraqi oil platforms 20 miles off the port of Umm al Qasr are considered tempting targets for terrorists thirsting to traumatize the world's oil supply and short-circuit Iraq's march to self-sufficiency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2008 | Richard C. Paddock, Paddock is a Times staff writer.
Seeking to hold Chevron Corp. accountable for its practices overseas, an attorney for 19 Nigerian villagers urged a federal jury Tuesday to find the oil company responsible for the killing and wounding of four Nigerians during a protest at an offshore oil platform.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1995 | RUSS LOAR
Esther is making a comeback. Once a man-made oil-drilling island 1 1/2 miles off the Seal Beach coast, Esther was ravaged by the severe winter storms of 1983 that destroyed much of the Seal Beach Pier. Now the rebuilding of Esther by Unocal as an oil-drilling platform is nearly complete, with operations expected to resume within a year.
NEWS
February 7, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A federal court lawsuit accusing Greenpeace and other environmental groups of trespassing at the construction site of an Exxon oil platform off the Santa Barbara Coast has been dismissed in Los Angeles by District Judge Mariana Pfaelzer, who said she found insufficient evidence that protesters had trespassed in a demonstration last Oct. 6. The suit was filed by Heerema Marine Contractors, which expects to complete the platform in a few weeks.
WORLD
December 17, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Oil workers have capped a damaged oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico that spilled crude and natural gas for almost two months after a deadly high-seas collision, Mexico's state-owned oil company announced. At least 21 employees were killed in the Oct. 23 collision with a drilling rig during a storm. Petroleos Mexicanos workers injected concrete into the well after installing a new valve assembly, blocking the well "definitively," the company said.
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