Source Pravda.Ru

Oil Platform in the Gulf of Mexico Caught Fire, Thirteen Workers Rescued

Thirteen workers have been safely rescued after an explosion on board an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

The blast caused a fire but no oil spill, much to the relief of those still dealing with the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster in April.

Coast Guard Captain Peter Troedsson said: "Coast Guard helicopters on scene and vessels on scene have no reports of a visible sheen in the water. There is no report of an evidence of leaks but we continue to investigate and to monitor that situation to make sure that doesn't change." , euronews reports.

According to Mirror, The rig, Vermilion Oil Platform 380, is owned by Houston-based Mariner Energy. It had been producing gas and 58,800 gallons of oil a day with storage for 4,200 gallons. It is considered to be a shallow water platform operating at a depth of 340ft, which would make a disaster much easier to cope with than the Deepwater Horizon spill.

A company spokesman said: "Mariner has notified and is working with regulatory authorities in response to this incident. The cause is not known, and an investigation will be undertaken."

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