The rig is Perdido, still out there and a very desirable pelagic fishing destination.
Yea BP or someone screwed up, I'm guessing the Halliburton guys, as it happened early morning hours when most blowouts happen. I've been on a few. Valves fail, most things in life fail. I've watched a blowout cut through 3" thick steel doors on a valve,(blowout preventer). It happens when you are working high pressure.
While on that platform blowout, what was the real problem? A natural substance that seeps out of the earth all over the world at all altitudes and all depths, leaked out. BP paid La billions, guv whipped up some cleanup jobs, and the fishing is still as amazing in the area as it ever was. I guess by some standards it was ugly, but what unnatural happened that doesn't happen?
If councils got money but locals did not, explain how that's anybody fault but the people that appoint the council.
If Bismark said they made no money and you believed them, you are the naive one. My son worked the Utica hale and paid a fortune in hotel and food and clothes, fuel, maintenance . I've done the same over the years. If you live there and can't make money during a boom, you are a fool or an idiot. A cremate back in the 70's from Alabama was Clan and boasted a 3rd grade education lived in a 500 bbl oil storage tank turned apartment with a door and a AC unit. Paid $100/day.
Tell me about the jobs you talk about. Car plants that are shut down? Steel mills that are shut down?
I'm a capitalist and enjoy the booms, and sometimes make money. I never need unions, and jobs are a dime a dozen if you want to work. Just like the military or guv jobs, you may have to move to get the job, but that's life.