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

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
By Paul Martin

By ENENews
July 24th, 2013

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. [...]

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