Did It Happen Again? Drilling Rig Blowout in Gulf of Mexico

Written by on July 25, 2013 in Technology

UPDATE — The the flow of gas from the rig has stopped.

Hercules 265 drilling rig.

Hercules 265 drilling rig. Photo credit: BSEE.

It happened again.

Yesterday, the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) confirmed that an oil and gas rig in the Gulf of Mexico ignited on Tuesday night causing an explosion and subsequent fire. Thankfully, all 44 rig workers evacuated before the fire began and there have been no reported injuries so far.

The Hercules 265 drilling rig is located about 60 miles southwest of Grand Isle, Louisiana. Natural gas has been seen leaking from the rig, but no oil is being released.

“This is yet another reminder that offshore drilling remains dirty and dangerous,” said Oceana deputy Vice President for U.S. Campaigns Jacqueline Savitz in a recent statement. “Despite what the oil companies and our government claim, offshore drilling is still far from being safe. What is even more worrisome is that these types of accidents happen more frequently than most people know.”

“More blowouts, fires and spills will continue until we replace offshore drilling with clean, renewable energy sources such as offshore wind and solar,” Savitz said.

Below you can see footage of the rig after the blowout. For more photos and information, read the associated post from On Wings of Care.

Copyright © 2013 by Marine Science Today, a publication of Marine Science Today LLC.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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