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mike r Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-02-10 08:27 PM
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183. Mile-long sheen after Gulf oil platform explodes
Source: Associated Press

A mile-long sheen is now visible where an offshore petroleum platform exploded and burned Thursday off Louisiana, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard said no one was killed in the explosion, which was spotted by a commercial helicopter flying over the site Thursday morning at about 9 a.m. CDT. All 13 people aboard the rig were found floating in the water in survival gear called "gumby suits", sticking close together, Coast Guard spokesman Chief Petty Officer John Edwards said...

The platform was in about 340 feet of water, considered shallow water and far less than the roughly 5,000 feet where BP's well spewed oil and gas for three months after an April rig explosion. The crew were rescued from the water by an offshore service vessel, the Crystal Clear, and taken to a nearby platform, said Coast Guard Cmdr. Cheri Ben-Eisai. All were being flown to a hospital in Houma to be checked over. Ben-Eisai said one person was injured, but the platform's owner, Houston-based Mariner Energy, Inc., said there were no injuries.

Mariner earlier said that an initial flyover showed no spill. It said the platform was located on Vermilion Block 380, approximately 100 miles off the Louisiana coast. The platform is a fixed petroleum platform that was in production at the time of the fire. It 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. Seven Coast Guard helicopters, two airplanes and three cutters were dispatched to the scene from New Orleans, Houston and Mobile, Ala., Ben-Iesau said...

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