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September 2, 2010

2nd Oil Rig Explodes!

ENVIRONMENT - Another oil rig has exploded in the Gulf of Mexico today and is burning off the coast of Louisiana. The offshore petroleum platform belongs to Mariner Energy Inc. denies there is a leak, but according to the U.S. Coast Guard there is a mile long oil slick spreading from the burning oil rig.

Seriously, we can't trust oil companies at all apparently. The U.S. Coast Guard is a much more trustworthy source.

The U.S. Coast Guard describes the oil slick as approx. 100 feet wide. Mariner has sent three firefighting ships to the site and there is already 1 ship onsite fighting the blaze.

No one was killed in the explosion. A commerical helicopter spotted the explosion Thursday morning and 13 crew were found in the water wearing survival gear known as "Gumby Suits".

Hopefully this rig isn't in deep water and can easily be capped and isn't going to cause damage to the extent the Deepwater Horizon BP rig has.

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