BREAKING: Another Oil Rig Explodes In The Gulf Of Mexico

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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Natasha Salgado
natasha s3 years ago

Thanks..i just realized this an oldie!

Robin T.
R T6 years ago

What are you all getting excited about? Plenty more where that one came from. 3858 in 2006 (Wikipedia)
Why are we panicking, after all this is only, what, the third one to have an explosion this year and at this stage its only a small slick so it won't do much damage (We wish) only one did any damage??? Lucky the other two are American companies.

When will the American Govt wake up and stop this insane off-shore drilling?
Are they waiting for another disaster like the Horizon?

If the American Govt has the slightest commitment to fighting Global Warming or environmental issues they would act responsibly and take the appropriate action NOW and STOP ALL OFF-SHORE DRILLING.
This of course begs the questions
"Can they be responsible?
Can they be trusted?"

Reading all the negative postings from its citizens I am not holding my breath. Seems to me Americans have a worse opinion of their own Govt than we outsiders do.

Make a difference, give Love, Understanding and Tolerance. Plant a Tree.

Agnes W.
Agnes W6 years ago

It is so horrible...

Penelope P.
Penelope P6 years ago

Time to look at electric cars and renewable energy instead of fossil fuels- Fossil fuels are dangerous
1 Cause global warming-floods fires earthquakes tsunamisetc
2 Cause wars like Iraq,Afghanistan
3 cause spills and pollution like this
4 Cause poisoning of land,ocean ,fresh water,air,homes
via pesticides,dyes,glues,detergents,herbicidesfertilisers etc
5 cause plastics problems eg large dumps in oceans of plastic bags and killing of ocean life
6 Cause Cancerand lung congestion and as they stand lead poisoning
7 Cause deforestation etc by forcing people to open up new land as they destroy the current arable land supply
8 Thereby (destruction of land ) leading to destruction of wildlife as their territory is used to grow food

Yasmine Saad
Yasmine S6 years ago

I am simply out of words.

Miroslav B.
Miroslav B6 years ago

The oil rig explosions were not much of the news before, suddenly the whole world is expected to react to it. They should do their job, it's as simple as that.

Margaret B.
Margaret B6 years ago

Ok all disasters come in three.... I hope this time will be the exception?

caroline c.
caro s6 years ago

too freaking sad for words, no one will learn, not the govt......not us.............

Alberta Gentleman

When will they learn?

Gillian no fwds please no
Gillian M6 years ago

Jane, accidents on rigs are reported, but probably not in America.

The oil rigs need international legislation that oil spill valves must be used so that in such an event the drill can be capped. Off the coast of Australia, the oil company refused to allow another company to cap their well thereby allowing the oil to continue to leak for over 3 weeks before their cap was in place, which failed. I think that the company involved was American.

All American companies should be sued by the government and the funds given to clear up the mess.

All oil companies should have funds in a holding bank, say Swiss, so that if there is a problem then the bank could release some money immediately to start the clear up.

The animals suffer tremendously and the environment damaged for years damaging livelihoods. People can be compensated and relocated in extremis, animals can't!