Rig Explosion Gulf Of Mexico

September 2, 2010 by USA Post 

Rig Explosion Gulf Of Mexico, CNN – An oil production platform has exploded 80 miles off the coast of Louisiana, with 12 people overboard and disappeared, the Coast Guard said Thursday morning.

Rescue efforts are under way for at least 12 people, Coast Guard, John Edwards, a spokesman told CNN. 13 people total were on board the production platform, Edwards said, pointing to 12 have taken into account, but a person who had disappeared.

The accident occurred 80 miles off the coast of Louisiana in the oil production platform in Vermilion 380, which is owned by Houston-based Mariner Energy.

The Coast Guard has multiple helicopters, aircraft and several Coast Guard cutters on the road. It is unknown if injured.

[Updated at 2:08 pm] U.S. Coast Guard CNN says Elizabeth Bordelon officer is a glint in the site of the production platform that is about 1 mile by 100 feet. This information comes after Gov. Bobby Jindal said there were reports of gloss miles long.

[Updated at 1:03 pm] Mariner Energy, owner of the production platform, said in a press release that no oil spill has been reported after an initial flyover of the incident.

“Mariner has been notified and is working with regulatory authorities in response to this incident,” the statement said. “The cause is not known and an investigation will be confident. During the last week of August 2010, the production of this plant an average of approximately 9.2 million cubic feet of natural gas per day and 1,400 barrels of oil and condensate.”

The company also said that no injuries have been reported.

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