View Full Version : Deja vu: Oil rig explodes in Gulf of Mexico

09-02-2010, 01:14 PM
Oil sheen spreading from Gulf platform explosion

By ALAN SAYRE, Associated Press Writer 8 mins ago

NEW ORLEANS, La. The Coast Guard is saying that a mile-long oil sheen is spreading from the site off an offshore petroleum platform that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana.

The site of the explosion is west of where BP's massive spill occurred.

The Coast Guard said no one was killed Thursday in the explosion. The blast was spotted by a commercial helicopter flying over the site.

All 13 people aboard the rig were found floating in the water in survival gear.


09-02-2010, 01:19 PM
More news on it...thankfully, it doesn't seem that this rig was producing any oil at the moment, but the company that owns the rig does have many that are producing oil. Hopefully measures are taken to prevent any catastrophes at those rigs.

Tom Bonnett, Sky News Online
There are conflicting reports of an oil slick appearing in the Gulf of Mexico as a fire continues to blaze after an explosion on a second oil platform.

The blast is believed to have ripped through one of the wells on the Mariner Energy platform, west of the site where BP's Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in April.

The oil and gas facility, 80 miles south of Vermilion Bay along the central Louisiana coast, was engulfed in flames.

All 13 workers who were on board at the time are thought to have managed to don lifesaving gear and jumed into the water.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the men have now been recovered.

Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal told the media: "It is too early to know what sparked the fire."

He said the blaze is continuing but according to reports it could soon burn out.

The White House has said a government response was ready if needed.

Mr Gibbs said: "We obviously have response assets ready for deployment, should we receive reports of pollution in the water."

Sky News' US correspondent Greg Milam said: "You can imagine the shudder that a headline like that causes across America.

Mariner Energy has hundreds of oil platfroms like this one in the area

"The issue is whether there is potential of any pollution, any leak. What we are hearing from Mariner Energy, the owner of the platform, is it's a producing platform not a rig.

"Therefore from what we understand at the moment it wouldn't be drilling for oil, although the company has many hundreds of platforms in that region that do drill for oil.

"It could be that as a producing platform it might be storing some oil that has been brought up to the surface, but generally those platforms are used as staging points for other parts of the operation."

The platform had not recently been in active production and was undergoing maintenance, the US Interior Department said. However, Governor Jindal said there seven wells were believed to have been active at the time of the blast.

:: The April 20 Deepwater Horizon explosion, in which 11 workers were killed, became the largest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry.

:: When the rig collapsed it fractured a pipe at the sea bed which released an estimated 53,000 barrels of oil each day into the Gulf of Mexico until it was capped on July 15.

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09-02-2010, 01:25 PM
It could have been the work of the local marine life. :noidea: You know once you get hooked on oil and your supply is cut off.....

Too soon? :doh::wink02:

Hopefully you're right and this one isn't too bad, and thankfully there was no loss of life on the rig.

I guess we've got to reevaluate risk- reward quotient on this sort of enterprise going foward?

Stinky Fred
09-02-2010, 10:24 PM
It was that damn north korean minisub.