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. grrace

    We don't have to move into caves to get off the oil. Brazil is off the oil. And, so are many in Europe.

    April 30, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. grrace

    You see? People like Wes think some of us are not on solar and bio-diesel already. We don't need your stinkin' fuel to type on a computer and watch tv. Go back your beloved "can't do nothin' without oil" fantasy world.

    April 30, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Steve

    @Chopswell: Easy there, partner......don't have a hissy-fit on us. Don't jump the gun on the Doomsday scenario until what you "foresee" actually happens. Have a mint Julep or take a chill pill, or go sit under a tree and try to relax til this all blows over, OK? If we need you, we'll call, you. Promise!

    April 30, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. clw4514

    hey – accidents happen. im sure when they first invented the automobile and all the accidents started rolling in, someone got folks stirred up yelling "its bad for our way of life!" and have u folks forgot to mention what a great job our US Coast Guard is doing? Carry on, guys and gals. Semper paratus...always ready! and they continue to do so.

    April 30, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Vern

    I find it interesting that 2 weeks after off shore is approved tha we now have two "issues" . Domestic terrorist, Iran, ELF. I'm just sayin'

    April 30, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. capt

    when i was puttin gas in my car earlier a couple of drops hit the ground and made a sheen in a puddle and i'm pretty sure an ant was affected. why is that not on breaking news yet?

    April 30, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. White Knight

    It was about 4 years ago America had its first home totally powered with solar hydrogen the guy runs his life without the need for fossil fuels from power in his house to running his car.

    This first custom built system had a price tag of around $500,000. In those 4 years the advancements in technology have driven that price down substantially. The technology to get off fossil fuels not only exist and is viable but it gets better every day that passes.

    Yet people sit around trying to pretend that its science fiction or that we will never have it and it could never work. We have the technology it works we can get off fossil fuels all it requires is the will to do so. Or we could avoid doing so because to make the switch it may cost billions while we wait for the next disaster that will cost us billions more.

    April 30, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Steve

    @CRAIG: God says he created SPELL-CHECK for his followers to USE, so USE IT, lest you create some sort of unforeseeable TRADJEDY....

    April 30, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. wes


    I'm curious... what are you typing on right now? Are those plastic keys made from the bio-diesel? So you are completely off grid? Cause... well, I'm an electrical engineer... and you can't seperate the solar electrons from the coal/natural gas/oil gnerated electrons. By the way, those solar panels? No oil needed in the processing of the casing, etc? Are you wearing shoes right now? Any rubber on them? Hell... look around your house? When you run that car on bio-diesel... what are the tires made of... the dashboard... the hoses at the engine? Do you have a blue "recycle" bin in your house.... is that made from plastic? Do you buy any food that comes in plastic containers?

    Go ahead and tell me you don't use any oil products whatsoever.....

    April 30, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. hc2ca

    Damn that dirty oil from the alberta tar sands

    April 30, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. reality check

    Where's John Wayne when we need him....

    April 30, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Just Me_a_taxpayer

    People need to think before they talk. most do not know anything about the oil drilling in LA.

    you sit behind your keyboard and think it is easy. I worked offshore, and have been on rigs when we had fires, been on crew boats when they started sinking. Safety is number one when you work off shore. but these things happen. Oil field workers work harder then almost all other jobs there are. 12hr on 12hr off day after day. give them a break. Most people running their mouth don't know how to shut off the water to their house when they have a broken pipe, never mind how to plug a well head a mile under the water. Subs cannot carry pipe that weight more then the sub. it is not as easy as everyone running their mouth thinks.

    it all takes time to fix the problem,

    Missing LA.

    April 30, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Haley

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME???!!! I am so incredibly heartbroken and sickened by our disgusting dependence upon oil. I'm willing to pay the price for our heavy reliance on oil and be "inconvenienced." The most frightening part of it all is that we have absolutely NO plan B! We have NO IDEA how to clean this mess up and NO IDEA when it will happen. My boss just told me the beaches of Galveston have never been the same ever since the oil spill a few decades ago. Prior to the spill, their beaches were sandy white, and as a consequence of said spill, their beaches are the gray color of concrete. Nobody wants to spend the money to have a contingency plan so when something catastrophic DOES happen, it occurs with loss of human life and environmental catastrophes. It is disgusting how obsessed with capitalism this country has become and how we continue to elect politicians who do NOTHING but turn their backs on their constituents in order to follow Washington's status quo. I will end my frustrated ramblings by noting that nature is indeed a power much greater than mankind. If we abuse her too much, we will pay the price. The earth was here before mankind and will be here long after we are gone.

    April 30, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. zunedog

    cnn is it a slow news day?

    April 30, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. grrace

    Wes, this is my last post. The oil industry has bought up and shelved many technologies that made getting off oil possible. If we'd listened to Carter, we would have been off the oil by now. There are PLENTY of other products that can produce plastic keys for a computer, and all the other stuff you mentioned. Plenty. I'm well read and researched in this area, and I'm sorry, but you sound quite defensive about the oil industry, completely ready and willing to ignore the power grip they've had on our country for decades. BTW, did you know GM killed the electric car 10 years ago? And Reagan actually removed the solar panels Carter put on the White House? Our nation's technology has been monopolized, to the point of retarding our growth of green energy technology. Get off the grid.

    April 30, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
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