Another Oil Rig Explosion of Louisiana Coast


Written by Sharron Grissett

Map of Second Platform Explosion The Mariner Energy, exploded Thursday September 2, 2010

Photo: Courtesy of news.blogs.cnn.com

An inactive oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday September 2, 2010, all 13 workers are accounted for and were taken to a local hospital. This explosion happened about 9:37am, and is located about 80 Miles from Grand Isle, Louisiana. It is also located about 200 miles west of the spill site where the first oil rig exploded on April 20, 2010. This  second oil rig that exploded was not producing oil or gas, however citizenare pretty much still shaken from the  catastrophic explosion 136 days ago of the BP owned Deepwater Horizon. The Department of Homeland Security said the rig was not in the process of producing oil and gas and was in about 340 feet of water and owned by Mariner Energy of Houston, According to the blogs Houston Press. Thirteen workers were rescued from the waters.

According to a press release by a CNN news blog, and they have confirmed that no hydrocarbon spill has been reported after an initial fly over of the incident. Despite other news reports, they have reported no one was injured. A paramedic working on an oil rig nearby, reported seeing smoke coming from the platform, then all the radios started going off requesting all emergencry personal and helicopters  to report to the scene of the explosion. They also reported multple people were in the water. Breaking news from a Baton Rouge News Station Channel 9 WAFB reported that the 13 workers were taken to Terrebone General medical center in Houma by helicopter.

On Friday the day after the initial blast the the Coast Guard reported to CNBC that at least a mile-long stretch of oil sheen near the rig was spotted however,  it’s unclear whether the oil is coming from the rig itself or the well  from the first oil rig explosion back in April. .This is disheartening  to the people of the Gulf Coast, and also to the officials that worked so hard to cap off the oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon. The cause of the blast is unknown at this time but it is under investigation. The good side to this particular incident is that the oil rig was located in a more shallow area out in the Gulf as opposed to the Deepwater Horizon blast sight. The damaged well  that was a result of the blast in April,  is located two miles below the ocean surface which made it difficult for crews to reach the the pipeline for repairs. Luckily there were no fatalities as a result of the explosion on Thursday, unlike the eleven lives lost from the Deepwater Horizon.

Even though President Obama placed a ban of some offshore drilling,  the Mariner Energy was not effected by the ban. The accident took place during a crucial time as crews are in the process of removing  the temporary cap from the original oil spill.  This second explosion fired up a debate with environmentalist   about placing a wider ban on off shore oil drilling. According to the Daily Finance Interior secretary Ken Salazar is seeking input from the public. about deep water drilling safety reforms. In an effort to decide whether  modifications  should be made on the offshore drilling ban.

With the Gulf Coast already devastated about their beautiful beaches in a mess due to the initial oil spill, and the loss of income from the lack of tourist this year, it probably wouldn’t be a good idea to ask for a debate concerning the offshore drilling right now. The most important thing, is the safety of the employees doing the drilling on these  rigs, and then the pros of cons of the impact of the environment  should be weighed. Only God knows what the future holds for the Gulf Coast, this is going to take years and years of hard work to bring back the original beauty that draws people from all over the world. As President Obama once stated, “The Gulf Will Heal.” but its going to take a long time, a lot of hard work and patience.  To find out how you can help the Gulf Coast please contact the following agencies for more information. Visit www.takepart.com for a list of things you can do to help with the oil spill disaster.