Another Off Shore Oil Explosion

September 2, 2010 at 1:28 PM Leave a comment

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Another offshore oil facility caught fire Thursday morning in the Gulf of Mexico, sending 13 workers into the water to be rescued by boat, and sending enough petroleum into the water to create a mile-long by 100 foot wide sheen, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The cause of the explosion is not yet known and is under investigation. It comes a little more than four months after BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig blowout, which killed 11 workers and resulted in the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. The government and BP are still working on completely sealing that well, which has not leaked since mid-July.

Among environmentalists and liberal lawmakers, reaction was swift.

“In the wake of the BP catastrophe, this is an extremely disturbing event,” said Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, who has led a congressional investigation into the BP spill. “I call on the administration to immediately redouble safety reviews of all offshore drilling and platform operations in the gulf and take all appropriate action to ensure safety and protection of the environment.”

In a news conference Thursday afternoon, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said that the oil platform’s operator, Mariner Energy reported that all of the site’s seven active wells had been “shut in,” meaning they were not leaking oil. Though a fire was still burning on the platform, Jindal said the company had told officials that it was being fed by an oil product stored on the platform.

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Entry filed under: environmental news, Green News, Marine Environment, National News, Oil, Water.

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