A natural gas platform exploded in the Gulf of Mexico late Tuesday, the U.S. Coast Guard reported. The rig, leased by Houston-based Walter Oil & Gas Corp. , was burning about 60 miles southwest of Grand Isle, Louisiana.
Photographer: Bureau of Safety and Environment/AP GraphicsBank
Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Near GRAND ISLE, LA - (CNN) -- A natural gas platform exploded in the Gulf of Mexico late Tuesday, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.
The rig, leased by Houston-based Walter Oil & Gas Corp. , was burning about 60 miles southwest of Grand Isle, Louisiana, early Wednesday, according to Petty Officer Carlos Vega. A Coast Guard vessel witnessed the blast.
Forty-four workers were evacuated from the rig on Tuesday after a blowout occurred, officials said.
Natural gas was leaking, but no oil was being released, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said.
Crew members aboard the Hercules 265 were preparing the well for production when they hit an unexpected pocket of gas.
No injuries were reported.
While gas is flowing from the well, "no oil is being released," according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.
A light sheen about a half-mile wide was spotted by environmental inspectors, but was "dissipating almost immediately," the safety bureau said.
™ & © 2013 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.
One person will win a three-year lease on a 2013 Honda Civic Lx Sedan automatic.
Click to see the latest mugshots, plus this week's wanted fugitives.
This feature packed upgrade brings you faster performance, easier navigation, and stunning improvements to photos, video and readability.
Latest News Stories
NASA says it is looking into a problem with a malfunctioning cooling pump on the International Space Station, but there is no immediate danger to the six crewmen on board.