CNN: Explosion in Gulf of Mexico; Fire erupts after blowout — ABC: “Major environmental threat may be unfolding” (VIDEO)

Published: July 24th, 2013 at 6:05 am ET


AP, July 24, 2013 at 2:26a ET (h/t RadChick, Anonymous tips): Fire breaks out on evacuated Gulf of Mexico oil rig after natural gas blowout […] A fire has broken out on a blown-out Gulf of Mexico oil rig, the feds have confirmed. […]

NBC News, July 24, 2013 at 5:13a ET: Blaze erupts on Gulf of Mexico rig after natural gas blowout […] A fire erupted on drilling rig off the Louisiana coast that was surrounded by a “major cloud of gas” after it experienced a blowout, officials said late Tuesday. The blaze began about 10:50 p.m. local time (11:50 p.m. ET) […] around 55 miles off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico. […] The cause of the blaze was unknown early Wednesday. […] “A light sheen could be seen on the water one-half mile by 50 feet,” the BSEE said in a statement […]

CNN, July 24, 2013 at 2:41a ET: Natural gas rig explodes, burns in Gulf of Mexico […] A natural gas platform exploded in the Gulf of Mexico late Tuesday, the U.S. Coast Guard reported. […] A Coast Guard vessel witnessed the blast. Forty-four workers were evacuated from the rig earlier 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. […] they hit an unexpected pocket of gas. While gas is flowing from the well, “no oil is being released,” according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. […]

ABC News, July 24, 2014 at 5:00a ET: Some breaking news now from the Gulf of Mexico where a major environmental threat may be unfolding. […]

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Published: July 24th, 2013 at 6:05 am ET


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42 comments to CNN: Explosion in Gulf of Mexico; Fire erupts after blowout — ABC: “Major environmental threat may be unfolding” (VIDEO)

  • lickerface lickerface

    A light sheen, yet no oil was released. I thought sheen was oil.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    I read somewhere in the aftermath of the BP blowout that we are dealing with gas and oil at pressures of 100,000 pounds per square inch. Holy shit! And the petro folks are still trying to tap into this? Unimaginable! (Sorry I don't have a reference. I can probably did one up if anybody is interested.). Have a great day, everyone! 🙂

    • We Not They Finally

      Well, BP dug a hole in the seabed. God knows the ramifications for the rest of the Gulf thereafter.

      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        I can see a couple.
        Indication of hydrates was shown in ROV of the methane at that depth..methane hydrates.
        General geological disturbance in the Mississippi canyon..(slinky-slinky).
        And if they tapped the Biloxi Dome..perhaps even a disturbance of magma outlet.

        Along with generalized fracturing of the seafloor..including disturbance of faultline some distance.

        One thing leading to another..

  • jackassrig

    No it's sheen.

  • markww markww

    July 24 2013 Rig On Fire large firefighting vessel not able to get within 200 feet of the rig IS ON FIRE


  • Brightest spot on the planet on Infra Red meteo; Ascension Island moderate quake & immediately glowing..
    They'll still class it as 'collateral damage' from the Haiti venture…

  • JPH

    O WELL, here we go again ! I wonder how "They" are going to spin this ! Dust off those "pristine beaches" video and retransmit to the sheeple !

  • jackassrig

    Sheen is oil. Instead saying there is an oil on the water it's a sheen. I think there is a difference in sheen and slick. Difference is in the thickness. More Fuku gobbledgook for the pot bellied masses.

  • jackassrig

    If one of the legs weaken from the heat, over she'll go.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "The portable drilling rig known as a jackup rig, was operated by Hercules Offshore. In a news release, Hercules Offshore said that they were working for Houston-based Walter Oil & Gas Corp.

    Walter Oil & Gas reported to the BSEE that the rig was completing a "sidetrack well" — a means of re-entering the original well bore, Angelico said.

    Sidetrack wells are sometimes drilled to remedy a problem with the existing well bore."

    I'm kinda busy at the moment..
    Someone have exact coordinates?

    A relief well..

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Problem with the existing well bore..the damn thing is already in trouble..

  • Dogleg Dogleg

    "Wining!" Oh wait, that's a different sheen.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    The oil industry needs to pretend this.

    Let's just pretend for a moment that some of those that think outside the box are correct.

    The Deep Water Horizon is not repaired..or at least admit that the incident caused extensive damage to the sea floor..
    I say both..
    Now ..just imagine..
    Think about that on paper.
    Work it out..
    ON PAPER..and not on the seafloor!

  • Is it just me, or do others notice that the pace and magnitude of disasters seem to be increasing? How much more damage can marine life in the Gulf take? What about Hanford's ticking bomb, how much longer till it becomes an all-out emergency? And the biggest threat of all right now, the Fukushima disaster, a growing global catastrophe.

    Our high technological advances coupled with government corruption at all levels and everywhere are creating a situation that is bound to reach a point of no return for life and the environment.

    During the Cold War we only had to worry about the Soviets. Simple. Now we fear everything, even our own governments.

    Industry and governments have sold us "economic development" while downplaying the high health and environmental price we would have to pay for some products.

    They are still lying about the safety of vaccines, for example. Although the CDC admitted contamination in the polio vaccine on their own website just a few days ago, they have now withdrawn that information. The reaction from Big Pharma must have been huge. So the lies continue, telling us we have nothing to worry about. –

    CDC disappears page linking polio vaccine to cancer –


    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

      @Tracy W.

      Tracy: The CDC's response was that they do not have to give us FOIA documents about this and that they could DENY even having such document(s) ever. My personal opinion: The 92 million infected with the cancer virus by the government is probably caused by radiation, not a vaccine. Naturally, I could be wrong. Ban the CDC at the earliest moment. Why are we paying them to do this to us?

      Anyway, the House is busy investigating the IRS and the Tea Party while Rome burns.

  • ftlt

    In fairness, There would have been oil base products on the rig that could be causing the sheen..

    Hopefully, not a lot of oil will be released this time…

    It is SO arrogant to drill on the ocean…

  • ftlt

    This is another rig … Not the one from last week or 2 ago????

  • On Wings of Care has flyover video/photos of the rig. Looks to me like there are gas bubbles erupting on the surface of the water, right underneath the plumes.

    • irhologram

      Etwas. Per link: "We flew out there at around 2pm and found only about a mile of very light surface sheen to the east of the platform, which would support public statements that "only" natural gas is leaking at this time."

      (Patti, how do I access the vid on the Utube you posted? Closest thing to underwater story is bullets fired through water. I must be doing something wrong.).

      By the WHITE smoke and the bubbling seen, I'd think it really is mainly a massive gas release…but to say it's "only" natural gas leaking is like the doc saying, you're only dying from a severed artery and the cancer isn't going to kill you.

      We know the ocean floor is fractured. We know there has been a continuing oil breach that started a couple of months back a dozen miles from the Macondo. We know that methane is accompanied by several other lethal gases that are water soluable, like H2S. We know that an anaerobic cycle sets up in the presence of H2S, which then kills oxygen producing plant life, encouraging growth of bacteria that flourish in H2S, further increasing H2S concentrations, further enlarging dead zones. We know that H2S is cumulative and explosively flammable. We know that methane rises in the atmosphere and displaces the oxygen we breathe. We know methane is flammable and, per Patti, we know that a certain combination of gases present in Bayou Corne are like rocket fuel…self combustible. But, hey! It's "only" gas, that could mean clathrate melt!

      • irhologram

        Also consider that the pressure in the sinkhole cavern continues to increase, now 600psi in the wellhead, that's brine pressure not gas…obviously caused by displacement…not only possibly from the middle "disturbed" zone,…but from a bottom "disturbed" zone admitted last week. Does the word "disturbed" zone disturb you because it's "parse-speak" for FRACTURED?

        Recent earthquakes at the 22-acre “sinkhole" created a "landslide" event close to Lake Verret, Old-timers in the area said last summer that Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou, as well as Lake Verret would join, making the Cajun paradise one massive oil and gas chemical lake. But the full implications of gas release doesn't seem to have dawned on Gulf residents…or most ene-ers, for that matter.

        Experts confirm that the land is still shifting and that if the area was fractured, there would be no way to repair it. It is fractured.

        Is the pressure at the Macondo BP deep well around 900 PSI or higher and the temps at about 400 F? Might the high pressure and high temperature crude have been leaking into and melting a massive methane hydrate deposit ever since the blowout…migrating beneath the Gulf seafloor and under the Gulf States, on it's way up the Mississippi aquifer and Mississippi River…a toxic gas disaster of unprecedented proportions, or as in the recent statement, never before seen in the history of the world…laced with lethal concentrations of explosive, cumulative, ground-hugging H2S?

        • irhologram, yes, i am disturbed by all of this.

          Their vague language, the way their over-confidence clashes with statements like "never before seen in the history of the world";
          their feckless motives and/or lack of understanding chill me even more than
          the full implications of these obviously inter-connected events near and in the Gulf.

          I answer "yes" to all of the questions you raise and points you make. Sadly, I agree with all you have said. So sadly.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Anyone now the depth of the original drill?

  • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

    I just watched CNN. They now report NO sheen. Earlier reports may have been for Charlie Sheen, seen boating in the Gulf.

  • Cisco Cisco

    Hey Billie Bob before you bait up, how about a light?

    • irhologram

      News Flash, Cisco. It would appear that everyone from the Gulf to Chicago, and where the wind blows from there…all of US may soon become "Billy Bob." Is that properly funny now? I remain curious as to why there appears to be "disaster" one-upmanship among us, considering ALL is interconnected. The increase in ocean H2S is cumulative. As plant life dies (yes, from radioactivity…BUT ALSO, (and maybe even more) from a self-fulfilling cascade into environmental shift into the predominance of anaerobic ocean life, as has happened in past ELEs… and that result is connected to the weld deterioration in the water-for-coolant NPPs. In this scenario, Fukushima becomes a drop in the bucket of escalating meltdowns, massive pipeline explosions as pipes are eaten away, while the world seems to be on fire…as wood, rubber, paper and cloth absorb H2S and homes, boats, cars, trains, airplanes, munitions, et al flash burn to a crisp. A point often missed is that the H2S that has been admitted to be in Bayou Corne…is CUMULATIVE and ground hugging. It AIN'T goin' nowhere! As it accrues…well, hey! Billy Bob, I mean, Cisco… We may just all become "smokers," if we aren't crazed zombies from neurotoxins or sledgehammer dead from breathing.

  • The Vermilion Oil Rig 380 that exploded Thursday sat in 340 feet of water and was approved to collect oil and gas from existing wells, according to the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement.

    Mariner Energy describes itself on its website as "one of the leading independent oil and gas exploration and production companies in the Gulf." The company was involved in 13 accidents in the region since 2006 and was fined $85,000, according to federal records. In seven of the incidents, inspectors cited possible safety violations.

    there have been more than 800 offshore explosions and fires in the Gulf since 2001 and 55 deaths.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    The Gulf Rig has Exploded 7-24-2013

  • aja

    MSM reports that we have no need to worry!

    Mighty Methanotrophs will save the Gulf.

  • "How a Jack-up Rig Blowout Occurs:

    […] While drilling, natural gas from the surrounding formation will quite frequently enter the wellbore as the rig crew is drilling down into the earth, and this pressurized flammable gas naturally wants to float to the surface.

    So imagine a barrel-sized unit of natural gas enters the wellbore at 10,ooo feet below the rig.

    According to Boyle’s Law, the volume of gas will double each time the pressure is halved. So at 5,000 feet, it’s expanded to 2 barrels, as it migrates up to 2,500 feet, it’s at 4 barrels, 1,250 feet – 8 barrels, and so on, until the bubble has expanded to the rig floor.

    Left unmitigated, this kick can cause serious disaster on board a drilling rig, as witnessed in the case of the Hercules 265, and as seen in the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Another example occurred last January, when the Hercules’ KS Endeavor burned offshore Nigeria."

  • irhologram

    These events are ramping up. From 7/10/13 NYT Crews worked Wednesday to seal an old oil and gas well off the Louisiana coast that began leaking during work to plug it permanently. Eileen Angelico, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, said it was most likely that drilling mud would be pumped in to stop the small flow. The well and production platform, in the Gulf of Mexico about 75 miles southwest of the oil depot at Port Fourchon, are owned by a subsidiary of Houston-based Talos Energy L.L.C. The company said the well had not been producing for years. The Talos president, Timothy S. Duncan, said saltwater and small amounts of natural gas and the light oil-and-water mixture called condensate escaped the well. A light sheen is expected to evaporate. The well did not blow out, and there was no explosion or fire on the platform, Coast Guard Lt. Lily Zepeda said.