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Oil Accidents Waiting To Happen (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post     First Posted: 05/21/10 09:30 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 05:30 PM ET

While many are calling the Gulf oil spill an "unprecedented disaster,' the causes of the disaster are not unique, as oil developments around the world are notorious for cutting corners and cutting costs, while sacrificing safety and environmental protection. Based on past incidents and careless behavior by the companies involved, we've compiled some sites, from oil rigs to oil sands, that could be accidents waiting to happen. Which do you think is the most precarious situation?

Deepwater Nautilus, Gulf Of Mexico
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According to the Institute for Southern Studies, Shell Oil is operating a rig in the Gulf of Mexico that is virtually identical to BP's Deepwater Horizon. Both rigs were built in South Korea by Hyandai Heavy Industries for Transocean LCD. Their technical specifications match up across the board, meaning the Nautilus could have the same design flaws as the Horizon, such as the failure of the blowout preventer, which could have shut off the gushing well.
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