*The Coast Guard is backing off its earlier report that an oil sheen about a mile long was spreading following a platform explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.
Coast Guard Cmdr. Cheri Ben-Iesau said Thursday afternoon that crews were unable to confirm the oil sheen. The Coast Guard says platform owner Mariner Energy reported a sheen about a mile long and 100 feet wide. But the company has said in a statement that an initial flyover didn’t find an oil spill.
Ben-lesau says the fire on the platform has been put out. All 13 crew members were rescued from the water.
Patrick Cassidy, a spokesman for Mariner Energy, told Reuters that the fire was extinguished shortly before 3 p.m. CDT and all crew members have been brought ashore in Houma, La. There were no injuries, he said, although Ben-Iesau said one person was injured.
Earlier we reported …
*We wouldn’t want to be the judge who overturned the White House’s moratorium on drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico ’cause today it came back to bite him in the butt. Bigtime.
By now you’ve heard that a mile-long oil sheen is spreading from the oil platform that exploded off the Louisiana coast earlier on Thursday.
It’s unclear whether the sheen is from fuel that was on the platform or from a leaking oil well undersea.
The Associated Press says it was not currently producing, meaning that technically it was a “platform,” not a rig. One person was injured when the platform, which is owned by Mariner Energy, exploded 100 miles off the Louisiana coast.
It’s in shallow water-340 feet, as opposed to the 5,000-foot deep Deepwater Horizon well.
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