July 6th, 1988- Piper Alpha explodes. 167 men killed.

1988 The Piper Alpha drilling platform in the North Sea is destroyed by explosions and fires. One hundred sixty-seven oil workers are killed, making it the world’s worst offshore oil disaster in terms of direct loss of life.

Dangerous business, oil drilling.  And coal mining.  And we sit in our warm homes, with electric power, rarely if ever thinking of the costs involved, paid by other humans, other species, other generations…

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