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. bill

    this is the reason that we should not allow drilling offshore

    April 24, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bill

    Drill baby drill...

    April 24, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joel Godin

    And they say it's safe to drill in the Gulf. Proof positive, 'they' are wrong. Save our Beaches.

    April 24, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Frank Morris

    Yesterday, the coast guard reported that oil wasn't leaking. Who's going to stop an oil leak at 5000 feat?

    April 24, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pedro NoPetro

    Maybe BP should put some of their (2009) $4.8 billion dollar profit into making sure their wreckless oil harvesting practices don't destroy the rest of the world in the process. It's obvious that their #1 priority is profit, over destroying anything else that stands in their path. I can't wait for the day the rest of the earth wakes up and realizes this. We are being held hostage by the breast milk of these jackals.

    April 24, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. NinetyRecruitsinNinetyDaysdotcom

    Ok, here's my theory: Obama needed a "bad guy" to blame to pass health care. He found it. Blue Cross in California conveniently raised their rates by 39% at one of the most critical moments of the health care debate, and from that point on Obama took that and made it the center piece of his speeches, and ultimetly got the support needed to pass the health care bill. Next bad guy: Goldman Sachs. Obama needed another "bad guy" to help him pass finacial reform. Low and behold, at another critical crossroads, just at the moment Obama needed a "bad guy", Goldman Sachs got hit with a huge fine, and was found guilty. Third "bad guy": oil rig explosion dumping oil into the ocean. Let's see now, what is the next item on Obama's agenda? Oh, I know, could it be Cap and Trade? There are just too many coincidences with this guy.

    April 24, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Wayne Partridge

    Consider all of the recent very ernest assurances that offshore drilling is safe and environmentaly benign in the context of this deadly explosion and release of oil into the gulf.

    April 24, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Go Green Go PHEV

    The gulf is being polluted at an awful rate, and all we get are a few sentences. Why is the company that operates the rig not mentioned? Maybe all that profit the oil companies are making is being used to quiet the press.

    April 24, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. PastisPrologue

    By all means...let's keep depending on oil.

    April 24, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Zev Paiss

    This is a tragedy for the families of the 11 workers lost to this event. The earth will survive even if the oil continues to leak for a while. The bigger lesson for all of us is to use this event as a reminder of the necessity to transition our society away from the need for this oil. That transition will take years if not decades so we must make every effort to move in that direction.

    April 24, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mike L

    I'm shocked. A huge oil rig blows up and sinks, and then it leaks? Who'd of thunk it.

    Just remember this accident the next time Petro-Barbie comes gliding across your tee-vee screen with her "drill, baby drill" propaganda from the American Petroleum Industry (API). You know, the ads where Blondie chirps about how one oil rig can have up to 40 separate tentacles sucking oil from the bottom of the sea? Imagine the environmental catastrophe that could result if this rig had 40 tentacles pumping oil for our insatiable petro-appetites.

    April 24, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Thea Pollock

    My heart is grieved for the families who have lost loved ones from this tragedy.

    April 24, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Katherine Riebe

    Mother Earth is not going to like this mess. Ocean life is going to suffer from this oil spill, along with oil slicks polluting the land. Oil belongs in Mother Earth to keep her warm and if you mess with her, she is going to shake her booty. Stop drilling oil and find other ways to operate transportation machineries.

    April 24, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Paul Greydon Hatfield

    How's that whole " Drill Baby Drill " Thingy goin' for ya La.??

    April 24, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jay

    Spill, baby, spill.

    April 24, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
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