April 24th, 2010
07:25 PM ET

Oil leaking from site of sunken rig, Coast Guard says

Oil began leaking Saturday from the site of an oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Initial reports indicate "there are breaks in the line" where the Deepwater Horizon was drilling when it exploded Tuesday night, Coast Guard Petty Officer Erik Swanson said.

Oil is leaking at a rate of 1,000 barrels a day, he said.

The leak reported Saturday is separate from a 1-by-12 mile slick generated after the disabled rig sank Thursday.

Rescuers on Friday suspended the search for the 11 people missing in the explosion, the Coast Guard said.

The rig - a mobile unit that moves to different locations in the Gulf of Mexico - was about 52 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana, when the explosion occurred Tuesday night.

The rig had been drilling for oil in its current location since January, said Eileen Angelico, a spokeswoman for Minerals Management Service.

- CNN's Greg Morrison contributed to this report.

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  1. Ajay

    I like to comment on this, as this is alarm to destruction, this has affected the sea creatures as well as human


    April 24, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ed

    Florida residents should pay attention! We have received serveral comments about how "safe" deep water drilling is going to be when the oil companies position drilling rigs near Florida shores. I think they said don't worry there will not be spills! Ops!

    April 24, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Couptaker

    Who would of ever thought?? In a way this is the best thing that could of happened . Before Obama opens up more and more of our coast lines . Too bad about the fish .personaly I dont give a dam about the people. Remember Alaska the government gave out a big fine that was much later reduced to peanuts

    April 24, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. pete faust

    I find it hard to believe that no one – not even CNN – got film of the actual sinking.

    April 24, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. james

    Palin was right, off shore drilling will help jobs, we'll need probably 1k just to clean up this...Drill baby Drill.

    April 24, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Brad

    This, ladies and gentlemen, is the reason we don't want off shore drilling of oil and should never have raised the quarter of a century embargo on this. Bla Bla Bla,more jobs, more oil. How about having invested the 1 trillion dollars spent on the war in Iraq the last 8 years on alternative energy development, then we wouldn't be so interested in the Middle East and in protecting our "national interests". More importantly, think of how disinterested the Islamic terrorists would have been with us if we hadn't propped up corrupt leaders and meddled in their affairs for the last 40 years. Interesting that Canada produces all its own oil and never a brow is raised by jihadists in their direction. Corporate oil wins the day!

    April 24, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. vivlos

    Lets these beautiful platforms come off the coast of Florida, tourists will love the tar feet, the sight of dead sea animals and the fantastic red lights and black smoke.Drill Baby drill!

    April 24, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Leo

    Well, I guess gas will skyrocket now, more than it has. Also, now you republicans can see the hazards of drilling offshore. 1000 barrels a day wasted and not including the number of sea creatures that will die because of the leak.

    April 24, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jonny

    To all those arrogantly certain drilling for oil is safe.
    Alternate forms of energy are essential and must be at the forefront
    of business and technology. The Reagan admin and congress of the 80s
    stonewalled all progress back in the day thanks to big oil. Now it's time we moved
    forward already. Cellphones and Entertainment cannot be the only place real progress is happening.

    April 24, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ThyGodForeal

    yeah some people were going around sayin their imprisoning people but for their safety .. they werent law enforcement but said that people needed to be corrected and only they could do correcting(not law enforcement) and imprisoning people...said to just accept it too...said it was because of other people some sick shit... oops, tell them they said they had the best process too it was the law court of, would it make sense in their eyes?
    said they did it because how the world works and their not a little kid keep in mind their not part of law enf concept... so wouldnt even the law enf people themselves look at them to be sociopathic?
    you say hey i want your opinion on something regarding law enforcement, say in our world today where law enforcement exists some people
    not part of the authority were going around saying they're imprisoning for safety and because of families and how the world works and they couldn't stop
    or they had to correct them, keep in mind not part of law enforcement but in our world today... oh and said it's cause they are better at it but do
    identify it as false otherwise wouldn't be able to tell the difference if it was false or not... would they sound like some schitzos?? they imprison because of families but NOT using authority concepts , and because 'it works' they said so if somebody was going around saying they needed to correct u basically,

    April 24, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joe the Plumber

    Drill baby drill, right Sarah?

    April 24, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Deep

    Drill baby Drill ?

    April 24, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. grateful phred

    And they RepubliKKKons want to drill off my sacred Oregon coast? NEVER!! Drill baby, drill in The Quitter's backyard!

    April 24, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Michael Castello

    This makes you wonder what kind of safeguards are possible for off shore drilling in the gulf.

    April 24, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Scott

    Drill Baby Drill

    April 24, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
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