Sunday, September 5, 2010

An additional surge at Gulf Coast with Vermillion rig explosion

An oil platform surge occurred in the Gulf Coast on a rig. Only one person was injured, and no deaths occurred. There is nevertheless no answer as to why the blast happened. The blast happened in an oil platform on the coastline of Louisiana close to Vermillion Bay. Mariner Energy owned the rig that is hundreds of miles from the gas rig that erupted in April owned by Bp. Shallow waters contain the Vermillion rig as opposed to the Gulf of Mexico oil rig that was in deep water.

Explosion only hurts one

Only one person was reported to be hurt in the explosion of the oil rig. When the drilling platform exploded, 13 people went overboard. The Coast Guard, according to the newest York Times, received more than one report of an oil rig in flames just after 9 a.m. on today. Helicopters and Coast Guard vessels made their way to the place. It was an hour before they arrived. The Coast Guard rescued 13 workers. All of them were accounted for. Since the Deepwater oil platform explosion killed 11, it is surprising that only one person was injured.

Shallower waters than Bp oil rig

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig was drilling at a far greater depth than Vermillion Oil Rig 380. The Vermillion oil rig sits atop only 340 feet of water, about 100 miles (80 nautical miles) off the Louisiana coast. 9.2 million cubic feet of natural gas and 1,400 barrels of oil were coming out of the rig, says CNN. The Coast Guard is working on extinguishing the fire on the deck. As soon as people caught wind of the explosion, company shares went down. In fact, Mariner Energy dropped 5 percent.

Offshore drilling problems

The subject of offshore drilling has been a hot topic for years. It looks really dangerous and has too numerous risks to the environment each and every time an oil rig explodes. Though Bp has stepped up to the plate to take responsibility for the oil spill, resource extraction companies rarely clean up their own messes, and taxpayers often get stuck with an additional Superfund site.

More on this topic

CNN

edition.cnn.com/2010/US/09/02/louisiana.oil.platform.explosion/?hpt=T2#fbid=QdDzKvaTDgY and wom=false

NY Times

nytimes.com/2010/09/03/us/03rig.html?partner=rss and emc=rss



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