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. RZD

    I saw this stat: "Since 2001, there have been 69 offshore deaths, 1,349 injuries and 858 fires and explosions in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the federal Minerals Management Service." And this is considered by many to be a better and safer option than renewable energy like nuclear power, wind power, or solar power?

    April 25, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Capt.

    I can't believe that someone actually had the nerve to say "i could give a damb about the people" these are men who have families, someone's widow is going to have explain to a young child why dad isn't ever comming home. Since when does natural gas leave tar on the beach? You people dont have half a clue what your talking about, obviously! There have been OSRV's dispatched from all over the gulf to clean up the spill, these are boats whose only job is to clean up spills, the crews of these vessels care more about the fish and the gulf than any of you ever will. We work out here and play out here, we don't sit on the beach and wonder what happens, we know! Please show some thought and consideration for the families of the men who gave their lives trying to support they're families and make it possible for you to drive your car to work in the morning so you can support yours.

    April 25, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. CRB

    There are probably eco-terrorists behind this ultimately. Too bad it sank, so we can't see what caused the explosion...

    April 25, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dave

    So, is this company going to be fined for ruining a 100mile radius ecosystem?

    April 25, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rumple stiltskin

    Here go the OIL PRICES and funny thing is I thought this was an experimental drilling rig that was only producing non impacting amounts of oil. If it was producing price effecting amounts why wasn’t it reported and why isn’t it being placed in our US markets it is our oil in our waters. Why cause this way they make money on selling it and then by taxing US when it’s repurchased and refined and sold to us. The comment of this rig being Experimental and no additional safe guards put in place. Go Figure. Just another example of profit over protection and safety.

    April 25, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pam in Oregon

    Yep - We need more off shore oil drilling along all of our coasts. Right - or wrong? I see too much environmental issues blowing in the wind on this oil episode. Sounds like a lot of white noise to me. I'm not sure how all the marine life is going to survive breathing in all that oil. It doesn't look like a safe enough option to me. Please don't use our waterways and oceans as dumping grounds anymore!

    Pam in Oregon

    April 25, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. A.P. Waichulaitis

    I look at this oil rig as a sad thing that had to happen. Not only did people lose thier lives, but not it will probably slow down the options of drilling off the coasts. YES!!! We need to drill, toprotect our own interests. If we drill and use our own resourses, we are less dependent on foreign oil, and it will happen at a much quicker pace. Accidents happen, im sure that BP had no intentions of this happening, after all, with a rig down and oil leaking, they are loseing money, and intern we are all going to suffer becasuse of it. Im sure even though the effect of gas prices will be very minute, if anything at all, im sure the price will go up becasue of it. Protect the environment, sure, im all for it, but we need also to be sustainable too, and if it means a fish or bird or whatever has to suffer then thats the way it needs to be. If we close of everything then we wont have anything at all. We might as well go back to horse and buggys, but then again im sure that some environmentalist will complain about that too. We need to look at the big picture here people....being green is not really helping us. Sure its nice and all but we need to look at reality. If drilling is the way to independence from foreign oil, then i say, lets drill and drill deep, drill as far as we can, and get as much as we can. Accidents happen, we clean them up the best we can, and we move on. Good luck BP!

    April 25, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Steph

    Until we are all driving hybrids or have converted 100% to alternative energy...off shore drilling is inevitable. We can stop off shore drilling by going green. If we don't depend on oil, what can they do? Look first at yourself.

    April 25, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Shawn

    Oh, we don't leak oil. Hardly ever.

    April 6th 2010-
    NEW ORLEANS, Plaquemines Parish near the mouth of the Mississippi River – 18,000 gallons of crude spilled.

    January 24, 2010
    Port Arthur, Texas – 462,000 gallons of crude oil leaked from a tanker in to the Ocean.

    Number of spills?

    Between 1971 and 2000, the U.S. Coast Guard identified more than 250,000 oil spills in U.S waters.

    For tanker spills reported internationally? We've had over 400 in U.S. Waters and the Gulf of Mexico than much of the rest of the reporting nations. We have more taker spills in the NE U.S. Coast than the Persian and Korea combined since 1960.

    For volume?

    About 1.7 Billions gallons since 1960.

    Keep doing that and we'll have no place to live.

    April 25, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. tcaros

    Where's the Republicans who were saying "Drill baby Drill?"

    This is the exact reason why we are against more drilling offshore- people screw up and it destroys the environment.

    The next time you hear "drill baby drill" tell them "no, because people screw up and it destroys the environment."

    April 25, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bella

    We should of been using non fossil energy 20 years ago, why do we keep on using old technology for energy when we have so many other ways to produce energy that is safe and clean. We could be doing so many greater things if the world was ran by better leaders, all these leaders are so afraid of change that they rather use technology that is outdated by 50 years than make the change. This is why the human race will fail, because of our leaders.

    April 25, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tippy

    I agree with #30, the BOP should prevent the leak, there are not enough facts yet known. Drilling offshore is here to stay, the amount of environmental damage from such drilling is extremely low, as it has been going on for many many years.
    These so called alternative energy sources have such a small wattage output they can not compare, that is a fact that is yet to be overcome.
    There is oil leaking into the oceans daily from the earth itself, no one can stop this.
    This drill was done by a jack up rig, not a fixed well established unit.
    We need to get all the facts before we jump to a conclusion.

    April 25, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. James

    all you geniuses who think this is the reason we shouldn't drill, I bet you only care because this is in your back yard. Rigs and drills have had spills over and over during the past several decades in the middle east but you could care less.

    Fix that rig and get it back to work (and get more out there), so we don't have to depend on the middle east for oil in the first place!

    April 25, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Realistic

    OK, so no one wants oil on their beaches despite it being a natural occurrance (google natural oil leaks off california) and everyone wants to stop all drilling. I'm OK with that. I love our environment as much as the next person. All you have to do to make it happen is for everyone (that's you and me) to stop driving their cars, stop buying things that must be shipped or trucked, quit buying or using anything made with plastic, and stop driving on asphalt paved roads. That should stop the need for oil in about 6-7 months and force alternative methods to be developed. Everyone talks about the greed of the oil companies, but it's the greed of the american people who drives that machine. They only drill for oil that someone pays for... Think about it realistically for a minute.

    April 25, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Blansto

    Despite the ignorance displayed in most of these comments, offshore drilling is actually quite safe and environmentally benign. This horrific incident is the exception to this factual rule. Just check the industry statistics over the past few decades. No one clamors for the end of the existence of airplanes when there is a crash every other year or so. Likewise, no one should clamor for the end of oil or drilling for it just because of this one tragedy. Renewables are on their way but it will be decades before they are able to make a difference. They simply cannot compete with fossil fuels on reliability or cost. We need fossil fuels, lots of them, like it or not, and will continue to need them while everyone reading this is alive. Everyone who bad-mouths petroleum yet drives a car, lives on the grid, owns any plastic products, or otherwise enjoys living above the poverty line is simply a hypocrite. To prove otherwise, put your lifestyle where your mouth is.

    April 25, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
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