News has just broken that another oil rig has exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. Few details are available at this time, but it appears the blast occurred around 9:30 a.m. local time on a rig owned by Mariner Energy.
Media reports say the rig, located about 80 miles south of Vermilion Bay along the central Louisiana coast, is on fire. The 13 workers onboard were thrown overboard. All are now accounted for and one was injured. According to CNN, workers are in water immersion suits as they await rescue.
The rig, known as the Vermillion 380 production platform, sets in about 2500 feet of water, and is located just west of where BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded this past April. That disaster killed 11 men and set off the worst oil spill in US history. The flow of oil into the Gulf was not halted until July 15, and BP is still working to put a permanent plug on the gusher.
There is no word yet on whether or not any oil is spilling from the Mariner Energy rig. A US Coast Guard official told CNN that "there are reports the rig was not actively producing any product, so we don’t know if there’s any risk of pollution."
There are seven Coast Guard helicopters, two Coast Guard airplanes and four Coast Guard cutters on the way to the rig, according to CNN.