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. alumette

    We need to stop drilling, period! There are no safe ways to extract and transport crude oil. It is a constant danger to the planet and the environment. Let us use the alternate ways...immediately. No more oil!

    April 25, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. NoBodySpecial

    What would you do if you knew the US was getting ready to vote on allowing more drilling of oil in the Gulf of Mexico and off the Alaska coast and if that happened, the amount of oil you sell them would be reduced?You might hire professional to blow up a floating mobile oil rig (52 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana)... in the Gulf of Mexico and make it look like an accident.
    You'd know that this modern rig has safeguards against blow outs (large masses of pressure). Your objective would be to have oil leaking into the Gulf so that Americans would see this and opinion would sway towards not allowing new drilling in those areas.The news spoon feeds you data daily. Some is truth, some is not…

    April 25, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Perfect, just great..let the slicking of our beautiful beaches around the Gulfcoast begin. You see why it's so stupid to be yelling out "Drill, baby, drill"?? But Republicans don't care what happens to the environment or the people that die on these rigs, it's all about the cashola to them. Ignorant retreads from the past.

    April 25, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. Simon

    Drill baby drill?

    April 25, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. bob

    How gullable do you think we are? How did they arrive at a 1000 barrel a day leak? They couldn/t even find the rig after it sunk. Don/t try to convince me they know how to determine the amount of oil polluting our natural waters. Oh yes I forgot the Coast Guard has permission to dump dispersant in the water to mask the effects of an oil slick. When my boat leaks a gallon of oil in the water they want to fine me 10,000 dollars and pay for divers to clean it up. Let/s see now 42,000 times 10000 times the number of days the leaks continue= ???? Wonder if they/ll get a monetary break, for doing something we all knew would happen sooner or later. Screw these big oil companies and their even bigger profits.
    GREED controls our environment and our country and untill Politcians wake up and serve the people in our nation these kinds of horrific disasters will continue to occur. WAKE UP AMERICA VOTE THEM ALL OUT!

    April 25, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. sonny

    Drill baby drill!

    Just don't do off the coast of my home!

    April 25, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. garyp

    Yes, let's get off oil right away, it's terrible.
    People have NO CLUE. Right now the world runs on fossil fuels, over 80%. How disappointed you all must have been when Pres. Obama expanded offshore drilling. Even our presently liberal government are above all, REALISTS. It will take a long time still to convert from fossil fuels. We must actively manage the transition, including generating our own US based sources, until the new systems' infrastructure can be built. It will cost trillions of dollars and take decades.

    April 25, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. Gus

    People, this is ONE oil rig... ONE. Yes, it is a problem... but don't throw out the baby with the bath water. We are absolutely DEPENDANT on oil. That is a fact. Deal with it. I think everyone agrees that alternative energy is the way to go, but it is going to take decades, if not an entire century, to build the infrastructure on a national basis. Also, we NEED oil... to make roads, to make clothes, to make plastics, to make a lot of things. So, we need to stop burning it for fuel.

    April 25, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. jhat

    I have actual pictures of it sinking. I work for an E&I company that builds the platforms.

    April 25, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. Karen K Baker

    To quote Pete Seeger's Where Have All The Flowers Gone? "When will we ever learn?
    When will we ever learn?"

    April 25, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. PaddyReagan

    Tragedies, yes–all those lives lost and pollution that may go on for weeks. But, there are almost seven billion persons living on this planet, all wanting to be warm or cool, being fed, moving about, manufacturing, building, and discarding. Collateral damage is going to happen. It's easy to be critical, to condemn energy providers, to blast use of foreign crude while barring domestic production. But, when the rhetoric diminishes and lines begin to form at the gas pumps, the storms of protest and resulting desperation will themed "drill anywhere–I need my car to survive".

    April 25, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. Charles

    The comments on this post about "no more oil" are delusional. None of the so called green technologies (ethanol, lignocellulosic, algae, solar or wind) are economic. California is bankrupt for subsidizing its energy.

    Enviros have complained about this oil slick but NEVER MIND the Nitrogen run off from all of that fertilizer leaching into the Mississippi causing algal blooms that grow rapidly with the Nitrogen. As they do, they utilize all of the oxygen in the ocean. ThIs creates "Dead Zones" that are massive and NOTHING LIVES IN THESE DEAD ZONES. This is caused by the farming industry which is the bread basket of ethanol corn - A MOVEMENT SUBSIDIZED AND FOUNDED BY THE ENVIROS.

    So which is it: An oil spill damaging the ocean? Or, is it the green corn ethanol movement?

    Compare the size of the slick to a dead zone and there's your answer.

    OIL is a fact of life. Get used to it. Its not changing because Green Energy CANNOT COMPETE ECONOMICALLY. None of you hypocrites drive electric cars. None of you. Go fill up your tank with gasoline and leave the green delusion to the lawyers who spread this delusion at the organizations of WWF, NRDC, and Sierra Club. They are the sponsors of the oceanic deadzones with all of their green hype about ethanol.

    April 25, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  13. ann

    It's currently leaking 42,000 gallons a day, not 1,000.

    Big problem.

    April 25, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. R Fish

    "Wow: they may just hava a legitamate reason to raise gas prices now. All that oil were loosing and they want to start thinking of a plan now, can we say,,"I dont want to be responsible for this miss".

    April 25, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gwen

    Hopefully, one of these days the Republicans will get the idea that there is more to life than having tons of money. They are all big money people, including our government. Our oceans and the life that lives in it are precious commodities, not the oil. Leave it where it belongs in the earth and ocean bottom. Use our so-called genious scientists and find an alternative that doesn't ruin our whole planet. We are slowly but surely killing our own beautiful planet, and all for dirty money.

    April 25, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
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