April 30th, 2010
05:30 PM ET

U.S. Coast Guard responding to overturned oil rig

The U.S. Coast Guard said Friday it was responding to an overturned oil rig in an inland canal near Morgan City, Louisiana.

The rig is not leaking fuel at this time, the Coast Guard said, but 500 feet of containment boom has been deployed around the rig as a precaution.

The mobile inland drilling unit overturned in the Charenton navigational canal, the Coast Guard said.

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  1. Aubrie

    Are you kidding me? What next? Is this sabotage?

    April 30, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gd

      its an accident. Want that cheap oil right?

      April 30, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. wtf

    Lets get off our lazy asses and use bikes instead.... OIL is BAD and very hazzardous to the environment. Damn Oil Rigs!!!

    April 30, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Fifi LaRoux

    So, who's ready for some alternative fuels?

    April 30, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kat

    So is some political group messing with the oil rigs to send a message to the media???

    April 30, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bill

    Sorry to have to remind some folks but fuel is NOT the only by product of oil. Using a computer, driving a car, have prescriptions, wear makeup or synthetic fabrics? ALL the plastics come from oil. medicines, road ways, grease, etc. There is NO WAY we can live outside of caves without oil.

    April 30, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chopswell

    This whole situation just makes me so mad and sad. The loss of all those beautiful, coastal marshes, wildlife, not to mention the devastating impact to the local economies, from fishermen to tourism to all the people who live there and will be smelling this shit for years. This is going to really cause a MAJOR PROBLEM and we haven't even scratched the surface. We're talking MILLIONS OF PISSED OFF AMERICANS. I wouldn't want to be working at BP now.

    April 30, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Avery Howell

      No doubt.

      Is BP linked to this or Trans... whatever the makers of the rig name is... (?)

      I am pretty bent over the fact they were so close to the shore line. They need a limit on how close you can drill from beachside, animal refuges, etc.

      Am I wrong (?)

      April 30, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Zoro

    People, I hope you realize that this would not have even made the news were it not for the current oil spill in the Gulf. But go ahead and exaggerate all you want.

    April 30, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jim

    Is Gov. Palin still chanting, "Drill, Baby, drill!"

    April 30, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. idiots

    Paraniod idiots and hippies. Oil is necessary and accidents happen. Clean up the mess and move on, hopefully someday soon we will start using that hydrogen technology that those cake eaters in LA use.

    April 30, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Zoppo

    To stop the leak in the Gulf...

    Step 1. Get a submersible vehicle, like the ones that go to the Titanic, equipped with a heavy duty saw. Go down 5000 feet to the well-head.

    Step 2. Locate a point on the pipe two feet above the well-head, and cut the pipe. Make a clean, level cut.

    Step 3. Take a heavy piece of cone shaped metal, like a plumb-bob, and attach it to a 10 feet piece of heavy pipe. The wide end of the plumb-bob should have a diameter at least twice that of the leaking oil pipe. This all should be very heavy. On the other end of the pipe is a hook, to which a cable will be attached. Lower the whole thing down to the leaking oil pipe that you've just cut.

    Step 4. With the submersible guiding the way, drop the plumb-bob apparatus onto the leaking pipe. The plumb-bob will wedge itself into the pipe, plugging the leak. Secure the plumb-bob to the well head support structure.

    April 30, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MC

    I am sorry but this is a little too coincidental. I also wonder if all the green earth people and those with all their political comments etc. even knew that 11 people were killed in the first explosion. My prayers go out to those families and all those whose livlihood will be affected by this disaster as well as the wildlife.

    April 30, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Incredulous

    This is apparently just a small rig but if the major environmental disaster currently in progress out in the Gulf of Mexico is not a serious wake up call to the American people I don't know what it will take. It is utterly sickening to me that the environment has somehow become a partisan political issue, as if Republican children don't need clear air, water, etc. If there is one important issue that we should all be able to agree upon (oil industry fat cats and their DC lobbyists aside) it is this. The fact that people actually divide along party lines in their view of this issue demonstrates just how bad things have gotten here in America. Common sense and free thinking are both in very short supply these days.

    April 30, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. B

    This rig is seperate from the one in the gulf, it was on a barge and was being transported to a scrap yard to be disassembled. No big deal.

    April 30, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. H8dogma

    Zero, there is no exaggeration. these events have been happening for years. The news industry just has found it convenient NOT to report it. Maybe now the people will see how often this stuff really does occur.

    April 30, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. dbuckm-TX

    Looks bad for the oil industry. Thank God I work in the wind energy business. We had a wind spill in the Texas panhandle a year ago, but no mess like this. =)

    April 30, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
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