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July 6, 1988: Explosions and fires destroy the Piper Alpha drilling platform in the North Sea, killing 167 oil workers?the worst loss of life ever in an offshore oil disaster. The operator, Occidental, was found guilty of having inadequate maintenance and safety procedures, but no criminal charges were ever brought.

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