Another Oil Rig Explodes in the Gulf

Hopefully this one will turn out better, but another oil rig in the gulf has exploded. From FoxNews:

The Louisiana Coast Guard is responding to reports of an offshore oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

A spokesman for the Coast Guard told Fox News Radio that all 13 crew members on the rig are alive and have been safely accounted for.

The rig, which is in about 2,500 feet of water, is owned by Mariner Energy and located 80 miles south of Vermilion Bay along the central Louisiana coast.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Casey Ranel said the blast was reported by a commercial helicopter company about 9:30 a.m. CDT on Thursday.

Seven helicopters, two airplanes and four boats are en route to the site. CNN has coverage, including streaming video.

Update: Hot Air has a post on this now, with more information and updates. Turns out it was an oil platform, not a rig, so it wasn’t active. This is (likely) good news as the possibilities of a spill are greatly reduced.

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