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Another Oil Rig on Fire, Another Oily Sheen in the Gulf of Mexico

An update on the explosion of another oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico: although early reports suggested that the rig wasn’t vulnerable to a spill because it was shut down properly, new reports indicate an oil slick a mile long has already formed while the offshore drilling platform continues to burn. Thankfully, no one has died in this incident.

When former Senator and current oil industry lobbyist John Breaux recently insisted on national television that an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico “can never happen again,” he must have been speaking figuratively.

2 comments to Another Oil Rig on Fire, Another Oily Sheen in the Gulf of Mexico

  • Some reports say that there’s a mile-long spill. Others say that no oil has been seen. The smell of bullshit, with faint reminders of the initial claims of no oil spill from the sinkage of the Deepwater Horizon, is in the air.

    “Coast Guard Petty Officer Bill Coklough said the sheen, about 100 feet wide, was spotted near the platform owned by Houston-based Mariner Energy Inc.”

    Let’s see what’s being reported tomorrow morning.

  • JD

    Looks like this turned out to be no big deal. Maybe the oil slick was just the sunscreen from the 13 employees who jumped in the water. To them this was/is a big deal.

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