Another Gulf rig explodes – Vermilion Oil Rig 380
Apparently the effort to bury the BP disaster hasn’t stopped reality from intervening:
An oil rig has exploded 80 miles off the coast of Louisiana, with 12 people overboard… U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Bill Colclough tells CNN that all 13 workers involved in the rig explosion are accounted for, but one person is injured.
The platform is owned by Mariner Energy. Many of the crews that responded to the blast are those in the area for the cleanup of the BP oil spill, which followed the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig on April 20. According to Mariner Energy’s website, the company engages in deepwater drilling in the gulf, including “higher-risk, high-impact projects that have the potential to create substantial value for our stockholders.”
Despite the best efforts to pretend the Deepwater Horizon spill simply vanished, it’s just a matter of time before we face another such calamity. We’re getting one warning sign after another, from Pakistan floods to Russia fires to the Gulf spill to record temperatures, but heeding none of them. If anything, denialism is stronger than ever. What will it take for us to wake up?
UPDATE: And here we go…
The Coast Guard is saying that a mile-long oil sheen is spreading from the site off an offshore petroleum platform that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana.
UPDATE II: Interesting data from Lindsay Beyerstein:
Another oil rig has blown up in the Gulf of Mexico. The Vermilion 380 is owned by Mariner Energy which was recently purchased by by Apache Energy, according to Think Progress. Together, these two companies have paid $745,000 in fines to the Minerals Management Service in 2010 alone, according to my review of public records.
UPDATE III: More disappearing oil:
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.