Oil Platform Explodes in Louisiana Gulf, 1 Worker Injured
September 2, 2010
(ChattahBox)–An oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico exploded early this afternoon, injuring one worker. The Vermilion Oil Rig 380 owned by Mariner Energy is not “actively producing” oil or gas, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, but it is reportedly in flames. The platform does not operate in deep water. There has been no report of an oil leak. All 13 workers are accounted for.
The Washington Post has the report:
All 13 people on board the Vermilion Oil Rig 380 have been accounted for, and the one who was injured is being transported to a hospital, Coast Guard Petty Officer Bill Colclough said.
The others were in “immersion suits” in the water awaiting rescue, he said.
The rig is believed to be on fire, Colclough told CNN in a live telephone interview. He said it has not yet been determined whether there is a leak as a result of the explosion, but he noted reports that “the rig was not actively producing” any oil or gas.
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig operated by BP, exploded on April 20, killing 11 workers and causing one of the worst oil spills in history.