Petroleum Platform Explodes In The Gulf Of Mexico

Because the water in the Gulf of Mexico wasn’t screwed up enough as it is, now come reports that an offshore petroleum platform has exploded and is on fire in the Gulf Mexico, approximately 80 miles off the Louisiana coast.

The good news is that all 13 people who had been aboard the vessel are now accounted for and are being rescued.

According to reports, the incident occurred around 9:30 a.m. this morning and was discovered by Coast Guard helicopters flying above the scene.

Seven Coast Guard helicopters, two airplanes and three cutters were dispatched to the scene from New Orleans, Houston and Mobile, Ala.

While the Coast Guard says they don’t know if any oil is leaking from the site of the accident, Department of Homeland Security tells the AP that the platform — situated in about 2,500 feet of water and owned by Mariner Energy of Houston — was not producing oil and gas.

Gulf oil platform explodes, burning off La. coast [Boston.com]

13 rescued in Gulf platform explosion [Houston Chronicle]

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  1. HogwartsProfessor says:

    NOT AGAIN!!!!

    At least everybody’s okay.

  2. Thassodar says:

    Quick someone tune into Fox News to see them blame it on Obama!

  3. Me - now with more humidity says:

    Cue the “this is why we must abandon our cars on the streets and go green… RIGHT NOW. THIS AFTERNOON!” crowd in 3… 2… 1…

    • SuperSnackTime says:

      cue the “grossly exaggerate the position of people advocating the greening of our transportation infastructure in order to make them ALL look like a band of hysterical fools” in 3, 2,…. oh, wait, already good to go. My bad.

    • zandar says:

      we should, but we probably never will, for this reason. This very attitude.

  4. your new nemesis says:

    I smell a conspiracy…. Environmentalist groups are being bribed by oil company executives to commit eco-terrorism under the guise of try to protect the environment. This has two effects, the eco-terrorists think this is about trying to scare people away from using fossil fuels while the oil companies see an opportunity to increase prices, therefore profits. Both sides are involved. Fox news gets to demonize pres. Obama and CNN gets to demonize big oil. Win win for everyone, except for us.

    • humphrmi says:

      I sense the snark, but there are a few factual problems … Horizon was an exploratory rig, and it’s loss didn’t result in any long-term increase in oil prices, and this rig also isn’t producing oil.

    • crazydavythe1st says:

      Also, they don’t really both benefit when you take the net effect into account. Environmental groups lose when oil companies make record profits, and oil companies lose as environmentalism becomes more important. Unless we go with the pundits on talk radio saying that environmental groups don’t really care about the environment at all.

  5. Bladerunner says:

    If its not producing, then what is it doing?

  6. PunditGuy says:

    One Day Before Its Gulf Oil Rig Exploded, Mariner Energy Said Obama ‘Is Trying To Break Us’ With Moratorium (http://thinkprogress.org/2010/09/02/mariner-oil-obama/)

    It would have been funnier if this platform were affected by the moratorium.

  7. JohnDeere says:

    i think the republicans i mean kkk did it and are gonna blame it on the muslims.

  8. NotEd says:

    Oh damn, the guy from the Discovery Channel arranged to blow up an oil rig in case his epic stand off failed!

  9. Guppy06 says:

    “According to reports, the incident occurred around 9:30 a.m. this morning and was discovered by Coast Guard helicopters flying above the scene.”

    Because, y’know, hundreds of USCG helicopters patrol the area to make sure none of those sneaky oil companies blow up their own rigs without getting caught. Such shenanigans will not be tolerated, boyo!

    From the Boston.com article: “The Coast Guard says no one was killed in the explosion and fire, which was reported by a commercial helicopter flying over the site around 9 a.m. CDT.”

    Personally, I’d wager it was first “discovered” by the person who was injured by it.

  10. mac-phisto says:

    how to blow up an oil rig for fun & profit

    step 1: locate non-producing oil rig
    step 2: blow it up.
    step 3: file insurance claim; simultaneously raise gas prices under the guise of “increased production cost”
    step 4: profit!

  11. FightOnTrojans says:

    So, pretty soon, we’ll be able to bypass gas stations altogether and just fill our gas tanks up with 89 octane sea water.

    • Willnet says:

      Or just grab a bucket of oil covered dead sea creatures and burn them for fuel. Letting nature do the dirty work!

  12. Skankingmike says:

    I hope there are more of these.

    Maybe people in this country will over come their overly short attention spans, and we can finally push through congress a bill that will overly regulate the god damn Oil monopoly we allow to continue to operate in our country.

    I’m so sick of hearing people bitch about these disasters and the lack of government involvement.

    First, these same assholes bitch about too much gov. then they bitch not enough. Then they blame Obama.

    You want more government oversight you say? but remember the government can’t do anything right which is why we need private health care.

    STFU you partisan goats.

    • PupJet says:

      The last time I heard someone call another person a goat was in the middle east….where are you from again?

      /sarcasm

  13. MepReport says:

    US Coast Guard: It’s Not a Burning Rig, it’s a Burning Platform — So it’s Fine. Hmmm? Yes, it’s Still on Fire.

    http://www.frequency.com/video/oil-platform/230450

  14. speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

    Probably a new well being dug, or an old one being decommissioned.

    • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

      that was supposed to be a response to, “If it’s not producing, what was it doing?”

  15. BuyerOfGoods3 says:

    Now they’re saying it was a Producing Platform again….when before, it was Not producing??

    Anne Thompson and Thomas Roberts, MSNBC, September 2, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. EDT:

    Rush Transcript Summary

    Coast Guard reports a mile-long oil sheen.

    Platform on fire.

    Mariner Energy says last month the platform was producing up to 1,400 barrels of oil a day.

  16. MarvinMar says:

    So many revisions.
    Earlier Fox news reported a mile long oil sheen from it, now ..
    “The Coast Guard is backing off its earlier report that an oil sheen about a mile long was spreading following a platform explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.”

    How are you mistaken about that?

    Also, this story says the rig was non-producing and in 2,500 of water.

    Fox says….

    “The platform is in about 340 feet of water and about 100 miles south of Vermilion Bay on the central Louisiana coast. It’s location is considered shallow water, much less than the approximately 5,000 feet where BP’s well spewed oil and gas for three months after an April rig explosion.

    The platform is a fixed petroleum platform that was in production at the time of the fire, according to a homeland security operational update obtained by The Associated Press.

    The update said the platform was producing about 58,800 gallons of oil and 900,000 cubic feet of gas per day. The platform can store 4,200 gallons of oil.”

    • webweazel says:

      I just heard on the nightly news that it is not an actual drilling “producer”, but more like a “hub” between an actual producing rig(s) and the attachment to shore? More like a “pipe monitor”.