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. Randy

    This is very sad for the families of those that died. Lets get real people, America needs to be free from the grips of the middle east countries that hate us! If we had all the energy we needed we could stop meddling with the middle east countries. These countries want us destroyed. We could help protect our good friend Isreal and not put pressure on them to give up land for peace. We need to both drill more and find alternitive energy sources. Drill baby Drill!

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

    Everybody is complaining, but how many of you are filling your cars up today

    April 25, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. pete

    I wonder whether 1 trillion dollars would be ebough to develop ZPMs

    April 25, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Josh

    Oh boo hoo. Accidents happen. Accidents are no reason to stop drilling for oil. Should we stop making cars because toyota's like to drive themselves? Should we stop taking prescription medications because someone accidently overdoses?

    It was an accident. It will be cleaned up. Get over it.

    April 25, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Event Horizon

    Yes drilling has some limited economic benefit but events like this should make you consider what the economic costs can be.

    In just the State of Florida alone tourism is a $57 Billion chunk of their total economy.

    We need to expedite the transition to alternative energy sources and use more nuclear.

    April 25, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. andy

    Imagine if Sarah Pain was President!! Drill baby drill

    April 25, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dee

    What a typical uninformed string of comments, with no mention of the workers that lost their lives. May I ask why the energy industry is the only business that are not ALLOWED to earn a profit? I guarantee that EVERY SINGLE person who posted either drives a car, flies in a plane, purchases products that were made by the energy industry. The amount of royalties and taxes that this industry and the millions of workers employed in it helps keep this country afloat. This was a rare accident, which could happen in any company, any business. The key is to reward responsible operators and have regulations in place that allow responsible drilling while preventing the bad apples.

    April 25, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kim

    I'm alarmed at the lack of material in this artical. Any other stories that invovled some stupid topic would get atleast a whole page. This is a paragraph and it's ridiculous. I see whose side CNN is on. BIG OIL OWNS EVERYTHING. It's power and no one IN power will give it up.

    April 25, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. johnnyhouse

    Since you have elected to censor any comments on this subject except from the inviromental wackos we will just have to listen to them froth at the mouth. I have not heard one word from these nuts about what to use for replacemenst unless the hot air being blown around could be canned. No one has said a word about the men who died. I remember when Jimmy Carter's gas crisis was and the Liberals were the one's squalling the loudest. It is your Liberal president ,while trying to buy votes after the health care fiasco, said drill baby drill.

    April 26, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. johnnyhouse

    Probably sabatoge to start with. I feel sure we will know shortly why a well blew up with such fury and no one survived that was close to it, according to the news. Crude oil will burn, gas explodes but with that much fury? Sounds fishy. Blast had to be close to the surface .

    April 26, 2010 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. johnnyhouse

    If the wackos don't want to use oil then park their cars and heat with solar energy or better yet buy a couple cows and capture the methane. Pretty potent stuff and probably far above their smarts to use it.

    April 26, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  12. Leann

    All this anger and aggression and venting and pointing of fingers who's at real fault. Make a real difference with your time and find away to help. Please

    April 26, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. whatever

    I wish every one would shut the hell up. YES what happened to the people was tragic, YES is is unfortunate that oil continues to leak, but wake the F up!!!! Either we drill for our own oil or get bent over every time we have to get oil from other countries. No one wants to drill in their back yard, but that's what needs to start happening. You all want to complain that gas is so hi but you don't want to do anything about it. For all you eco nut-sacks out there that think the prius is the way to go... Look for picture of battery recycling. For those thinking Ethanol 10% or E85 is helping.... Ethanol is less efficient so it takes more fuel to get there = more pollution. E85 and 10% ethanol also is what is causing your groceries to go up. SO DO SOME RESEARCH before spouting other peoples thoughts.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Fred

    Drill Drill Drill - i live in the Rocky Mountains and would prefer lower gas prices for my 3 big SUV's. The beach is good for getting sunburned and that's about it.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dan Young

    Seems too coincidental that days after obama changes to supporting drilling in coastal waters that one would "mysteriously" catch fire and collapse into the gulf.

    April 29, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
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