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Officials worried about environmental impact after Alabama Oil rig catches fire

Workers were scrapping a decommissioned oil rig in a shipyard along the Mobile River on Wednesday afternoon when the structure caught fire, sending heavy smoke billowing over the city, according to officials. Several fire trucks and boats responded to the rig, which contains diesel, hydraulic fluid, oil, and other potentially hazardous materials. No one was injured, but Mobile Fire-Rescue spokesperson Steven Millhouse said that officials are concerned about the "environmental effects" of the fire, which started just before 2:00 p.m. "Most of what we've got is residual mixed with water and the foam that we used to battle the flames, just kind of flowing off of the top of the rig," Millhouse told reporters at the scene.

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  • winnie nguru

    64 w

    fossil-fuels are man's worst enemy

    • walter lungayi

      65 w

      This is so life threatening.

      • Tabitha Kimani

        65 w

        Nothing beneficial comes from the fossil - fuels. So far this is the worst invention by mankind.

        • Daniel Waweru

          65 w

          An indication of how catastrophic fossils fuel can be, WE NEED TO STOP THE USE OF FOSSIL FUELS

          • Waigwa Monica

            65 w

            Catastrophic, we surely need to put an end to fossil fuels and the associated impacts.

            • Elizabeth Gathigia

              65 w

              Stop fossil fuel! It has done alot harm our planet in so many ways

              • rosebellendiritu

                65 w

                @elizbeth_gathigia Yes I agree, unfortunately alot of harm is's time to act.

              • Sarah Chabane

                66 w

                If this isn't one more reason to stop extracting fossil-fuels I don't know what is...

                • Mc Kaka Official🇰🇪

                  66 w

                  The ony way to go is if we cut gas oil and coal

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