Another oil rig has exploded off the Louisiana coast, west of the site where the BP Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20, 2010. A mile-long oil sheen was spotted on the surface near the oil platform. Professor of Petroleum Geoscience, Don Van Nieuwenhuise told CNN that about 1,000 barrels of oil have spilled, but there is no leaking from the well at this time.
Van Nieuwenhuise said the platform that exploded was connected to seven wells, all owned by Mariner Energy, a Houston, Texas based oil company.
Thirteen oil rig workers were rescued from the water near the platform, one has been hospitalized.
The Mariner Energy rig, the Vermilion 380, is located is less than 100 miles west of the BP Deepwater Horizon where another explosion took place on April 20, 2010. Thirteen workers were killed in that explosion.
An investigation into the cause of the explosion is underway, according to Third Age.
Unlike the BP Deepwater Horizon, the Vermilion 360 is located in shallow water.
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