09-02-2010, 01:13 PM #1
another oil rig explodes in the gulf
from abc news
An oil sheen has been reported near the site of an offshore oil platform that exploded and burst into flames off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Matthew Masaschi told ABC News that Mariner Energy, the company that owns the rig platform, reported a "slight oil sheen" that measured "one nautical mile by 100 feet." One nautical mile measures just over a regular mile.
"We're uncertain what the status of a potential leak is and we're trying to evaluate the situation," said Masaschi.
A press release from the Mariner Energy contradicted the Coast Guards reports of the sheen.
"In an initial flyover, no hydrocarbon spill was reported," read the release.
from USA TODAY
An oil platform has exploded in the Gulf of Louisiana, injuring at least one person. The Coast Guard tells MSNBC that the platform is still burning, but says it is not a drilling rig.
Update at 1:25 p.m. ET: USA TODAY's Alan Levin reports that the platform is owned by Mariner Energy, according to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The agency said that the platform was authorized to produce oil and natural gas, but had been undergoing maintenance at the time of the accident and was not producing.
Update at 12:52 p.m ET: USA TODAY's Alan Levin reports that several Coast Guard helicopters were on scene by late morning and attempting to rescue the 13 workers who had been thrown into the water, according to Commander Cheri Ben-Iesau. The crew had donned brightly colored survival gear known as "Gumby suits" and there had been no reports of fatalities, Ben-Iesau says. according to Levin. "We are actively pulling them out of the water right now," she says.
It was not clear whether today's explosion was the result of a blowout or whether it had caused any leaks of crude oil, Ben-Iesau says. The platform is owned by Mariner Energy. The AP reports that the platform was not producing oil at the time of the accident.
Update at 12:14 p.m. ET: The New Orleans Tiems-Picayune descrbies the facility, called Vermillion 380, as a "fixed, manned production platform." The newspaper says the platform is not involved in drilling and, unlike the ill-fated BP rig, is not a floating rig, but rather is a fixed platform.
Update at 12:11 p.m. ET: The Coast Guard tells MSNBC that the facility is not a rig, but is a platform that does not do any drilling.
Update at 12:04 p.m. ET: The rig, owned by Mariner Energy, is located west of the BP spill site, the Associated Press reports. The incident was first reported by a commercial helicopter company around 10:30 a.m. ET, according to Coast Guard Petty Officer Casey Ranel. The Coast Guard confirmes there is one injury, but no deaths. The platform is in about 2,500 feet of water, the Coast Guard said, but is not currently producing, the AP reports.
Update at 11:48 a.m. ET: Coast Guard Petty Officer Casey Ranel says a helicopter was sent to the site after a report that the rig was on fire "and that there was smoke and there were people in the water,'' The Times-Picayune of New Orleans reports.
Update at 11:41 a.m. ET: The Coast Guard says the oil rig is located 80 miles south of Vermilion Bay, Louisiana.
Update at 11:38 a.m. ET: MSNBC quotes Coast Guard Petty Officer John Edwards as saying one worker has been injured, but he did not know the extent of the injuries. Edwards says 9 helicopters and some fixed-wing aircraft as well as four Coast Guard cutters have been sent to the site.
Update at 11:35 a.m. ET: MSNBC quotes a Coast Guard spokesman as saying all of the workers were wearing protective gear.
09-02-2010, 01:52 PM #2
Have they recovered the workers yet? What was the rigs purpose?
09-02-2010, 10:29 PM #3
09-02-2010, 10:39 PM #4
Somebody was talking about the possibility of environmentalist terrorism and sabotage the other day, makes you wonder. The police shot an eco-terrorist dead this week at the Discovery Channel building.
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