UPDATE 1:00 AM EST Sept. 3, 2010: WFAB now reports:
The Coast Guard had reported that a 100-foot-wide oil sheen had been spotted near the platform, but now says there is no sign of an oil leak.
UPDATE 3:13 PM EST: Fox News is reporting that the Coast Guard is telling them that a one mile long and one hundred feet wide oil like “sheen” is stretching out near the exploded rig.
Another oil rig explosion in the Gulf Coast of Mexico happened today 80 miles off the coast of Louisiana and 200 miles west from where the BP oil rig had exploded. CBS’s local affiliate WFAB reports:
The Coast Guard is responding to another oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.
According to the Coast Guard, 13 people were onboard when it exploded and caught fire Thursday morning.
Everyone is accounted for. Officials are reporting one injury.
The injured worker is being taken to Terrebonne General Medical Center in Houma.
The other workers are in the water in immersion suits.
The rig is located about 90 miles south of Vermilion Bay.
Fox News is reporting from the AP that this rig is not producing any oil. This explosion comes on the heels five months after the BP oil rig explosion and oil spill this year. It should be noted that UPI reported earlier this morning that a U.S. oil drilling ban was overturned again on Wednesday:
A motion filed by the U.S. federal government to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a moratorium on deep-water drilling was overturned, a judge ruled.
U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in May issued a 6-month moratorium on deep-water oil drilling following the April explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, an incident that resulted in one of the worst oil spills in world history.
Companies working in the offshore drilling industry in the United States challenged the ban saying Washington had no evidence to back claims current drilling operations were a threat.
Salazar issued a second moratorium in July after U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman agreed with the offshore drilling industry. Feldman struck down the second moratorium by saying it was “substantially the same as the first one,” The Wall Street Journal reports.
Washington argues the ban is necessary to give the government and the industry time to address safety and response issues for drilling activity in waters deeper than 500 feet.
More to come.