Oil Rig Explodes

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

GRAND ISLE, La. -- The Coast Guard says no one has been killed in an explosion and fire on an offshore petroleum platform in the Gulf of Mexico.
All 13 people aboard the rig have been accounted for, with one injury. The extent of the injury isn't known.
The Coast Guard says some of the people from the rig were spotted in emergency flotation devices.
Today's explosion happened about 80 miles south of Vermilion Bay along the central Louisiana coast. That's west of the site of the April explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig leased by BP that caused the massive oil spill.
Authorities don't know whether any oil is leaking from this site.
The Department of Homeland Security says the platform is in about 2,500 feet of water. DHS says it's owned by Mariner Energy of Houston and wasn't producing oil and gas.
Seven Coast Guard helicopters, two airplanes and three cutters were dispatched to the scene from New Orleans, Houston and Mobile, Ala.

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  • by Anonymous on Sep 2, 2010 at 09:04 PM
    people should start getting a little suspicious of the liberals..since all these explosions on oil rigs, mines, sounds like some inside eco terror..trying to discourage off shore drilling..Hmmm anyone ever think of that?? Funny how all these things happening with this administration...anything to keep up the stance of no drilling ...and let's not forget the clean air etc etc
  • by Sue Location: Jackson on Sep 2, 2010 at 02:46 PM
    I think it is more of a safety issue with the companies cutting costs so they can make more money. It is well documented with the first oil rig that numerous safety violations had been documented prior to the explosion. If it was terriorists; the safely violations wouldn't have been know prior to the fire and explosion on the first oil rig.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 2, 2010 at 11:36 AM
    Two oil rigs off the coast of LA in such a short period of time makes one wonder if it is terrorists doing the exploding.
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