Stormy weather caused the Transocean Winner, a 17,000 ton oil rig, to break free of the tug line that was pulling it out to sea. A few hours later, it ran aground on a Scottish beach.
The largest oil rig* in the world got placed today on its drilling spot off the Russian Pacific coast, near Sakhalin Island, north of Japan. The $12 billion, 200,000-ton structure—without counting its base—will suck up to 4.5 million tons of hydrocarbons per year in the harsh subarctic conditions of the Sea of Okhotsk.
Hopefully, this won't cause any ecological disasters in Legoland. This ridiculously massive Lego oil rig is more than 3 feet tall and wide, and weights over 92 pounds. According to The Brothers Brick, Lego master Tobias Vogt spent three months building this, and it shows in the detailed build-out.
Only 120 diving and snorkeling permits are granted near Sipadan island each day and lately some of those have been going to folks using an old oil rig's elevator to drop right into the perfect waters.
European law says that decommissioned oil rigs can't be left where they are... but new scientific research suggests that that might be the best place for them, as far as sea life is concerned.