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Crossroads residents not concerned by latest oil rig blast

By ALLISON MILES
Sept. 2, 2010 at 4:02 a.m.

Boats are seen spraying water on an oil and gas platform that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana on Thursday. All 13 crew members were rescued.

For some Crossroads residents, Thursday morning's oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico wasn't much cause for alarm.

Paul White, who works with Streamline Production Systems, said he hadn't heard much about the blast by Thursday afternoon.

He said he didn't expect the explosion to affect people's views of the oil industry because issues arise in all fields.

"It's like flying a plane," White said. "Some crash, some don't. Most don't."

Representatives with C&S Well Service and Whiting Oil & Gas Corporation declined comment because they did not know details of the explosion.

David Robles, a senior at Liberty Academy, said he wasn't concerned about the most recent explosion.

The BP oil spill that took place months ago already polluted the Gulf, he said, and Thursday's blast won't likely do any additional harm. It might hinder the clean-up efforts, however.

"I'm not worried," he said.

There's always concern when a rig explodes, but the rigs are necessary, said Rebecca Schrutka, a homemaker who recently moved to Victoria from Lake Charles.

"We still have to have that oil supply," she said.

And Natalie Camp, a licensed vocational nurse, agreed.

The Yorktown resident said she was sad to learn of the blast, but that the oil industry is important to the economy.

It's a difficult line of work, she said, explaining her brother worked on a rig that shut down about a year ago and has been without work. And Adam Weise, a Yorktown man killed during the BP blast, was a family friend.

But, for most people, the blast won't affect them on a day-to-day basis.

"Since the last explosion, I haven't really thought about the oil industry," she said. "I think it's the same for a lot of people."

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