Oil Platform Explodes In Gulf (Updated)
Story updated 9/3/10 at 9:11a.m.
Yesterday, initial reports from the Coast Guard reported that there was a mile-long oil sheen near the explosion that was spreading. However, this morning, the Coast Guard is reporting that they have seen no signs of leaks.
Mariner Energy, the company that owns and operates the platform, said they do not know what caused the fire. Mariner also said that on its platform there were seven active production wells, however those wells were shut down before the fire broke out. The fire was out in less than 12 hours.
All thirteen workers were accounted for and rescued from the Gulf, where they were holding on to one another, wearing their "Gumby" rescue suits. The crew members were taken to nearby hospitals and released Thursday night.
Original story - Posted Sept. 2, 2010
Grand Isle, Louisiana - An offshore oil platform has exploded Thursday morning and is burning south of Vermillion Bay in the Gulf of Mexico, about 80 miles off the central Louisiana coastline, in an area west of the BP oil spill.
The United States Coast Guard at this time is reporting that the rig wasn't active at the time, and they are unaware if oil is spilling. The blast was reported by a commercial helicopter flying nearby.
All 13 workers on the rig have been accounted for, according to the Coast Guard. The rig is owned by Mariner Energy of Houston, according to the Department of Homeland Security. The DHS also said that the rig was located in 2,500 feet of water.
Rescue crews and multiple aircraft are responding.
Photo from U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
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