Another oil rig blows up in the Gulf of Mexico

Posted on 02 Sep 2010 at 1:44pm

Not again… (CNN):

An oil production platform has exploded 80 miles off the coast of Louisiana, with 12 people overboard and one missing, the Coast Guard said Thursday morning.

…U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Bill Colclough tells CNN that 12 people from the production platform are in water immersion suits as they await rescue.

Colclough told CNN there are reports the production platform is still on fire.

“We don’t know what caused the rig to catch on fire,” he told CNN, noting the incident is under investigation.

Asked about concerns regarding oil leaks or pollution, Colclough said “there are reports the rig was not actively producing any product, so we don’t know if there’s any risk of pollution.”

WAFB in Louisiana reports:

The rig is owned by Mariner Energy, which is based in Houston, and is in water about 2,500 feet deep.

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