Oil Rig explodes in Gulf of Mexico causing mile-long oil spill
It seems the Gulf of Mexico can’t catch a break — the Coast Guard has reported a mile-long oil spill spreading from a new oil rig explosion today in the Gulf of Mexico. The location of the oil rig, owned by Mariner Energy, is 90 miles south of Vermilion Bay, about 200 miles west of BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig. Thirteen workers were on the oil rig during the explosion Thursday morning, and all are reported to still be alive. The cause of the explosion is still being investigated.
Mariner Energy has sent three firefighting vessels to the oil rig explosion site and one is already there fighting the fire.
Mariner Energy reported there were seven active wells on the oil rig platform producing an average of 1,400 barrels of oil per day. Only one oil well caught fire, but Mariner reports that they have now shut in all oil wells. However, according to an AP update, the platform was producing about 58,800 gallons of oil and 900,000 cubic feet of gas per day and was capable of storing 4,200 gallons of oil.
This situation is extremely upsetting especially after the Gulf of Mexico is just starting to recover from BP’s worst oil spill in history. However, it is thankfully being reported that the clean-up process for this oil spill should be much easier than the BP oil spill clean-up. The AP reports that this oil well was dug in shallow water, in contrast to BP’s well dug in deepwater, and clean-up of an oil spill in shallow water is much simpler.
Sources: WAFB and Time NewsFeed
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