Another oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico has injured at least one worker and thrown over a dozen more overboard.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the explosion occurred on a rig about 80 miles south of Vermilion Bay at approximately 9 a.m. Thursday morning. As of 10:15 the rig was still on fire.
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Injured workers are being taken to Terrebonne General Medical Center in Houma, officials said.
The rig is owned by Mariner Energy, and it is still unclear whether it is leaking any oil as a result of the explosion.
It is not yet known whether the rig was a deepwater drilling operation similar to that of the Deepwater Horizon which exploded in April, killing 11 people.
Update (1:45 pm ET) Reuters is reporting that stock market shares fell for both Mariner Energy and Apache Corp. which is expected to buy Mariner Energy, following news of the explosion.
Update: (2:38 pm ET) Coast Guard Officials have confirmed that a mile-long oil sheen is spreading from the burning offshore petroleum platform, just west of the site of BP’s massive spill. The sheen is reported to be 100 feet wide. Mariner has deployed three firefighting vessels to the site in addition to the already was in place fighting the blaze.
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