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hercules offshore jack up rig blowout

June 23rd's "well control incident" on a Hercules Offshore drilling rig, the Hercules 265, reminds Gulf Coast residents and offshore workers of the dangers of energy production.

More money for energy and drilling companies equals more problems for offshore workers and seamen. And, with Gulf Coast drilling roaring back after the catastrophic BP Oil Spill in April 2010, it is even more important that offshore workers and seamen know their rights. 

As demonstrated by Hercules' labeling of its well blowout as a "well control incident," energy companies are putting public perception and profit over the safety of those at the ground (and, in this case, the sea) level. What is worse, energy and drilling companies spend more money to cover up the damage they've done than they spend to fix the problem for the long-run after catastrophes such as this blowout. 

The Hercules 265 blowout involved a Jones Act vessel. As such, the workers aboard the rig have unique protections under the law in case of accident or injury. The reason they have special protections under the law is because companies care more about their profit lines and PR than about the safety of their employees. 

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