Oil Rig Explodes in Gulf of Mexico [Updated]


An oil rig 80 miles off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico is still burning after an explosion around 9 a.m. this morning, according to the Coast Guard. There were thirteen people aboard the rig, which is owned by Mariner Energy, and all but one crew members are now accounted for. It was initially reported that there was no visible leakage from the rig, which was not producing gas at the time and is in much shallower waters than the BP Deepwater Horizon rig (340 feet as opposed to 5,000 feet) . But now Coast Guard witnesses say they can see a slick of oil on the surface of the water that is 100 feet wide and about a mile long.

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