Oil platform explodes in Gulf of Mexico
November 16th, 2012
04:36 PM ET

Oil platform explodes in Gulf of Mexico

An oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico caught fire after an explosion Friday, sending 11 people to hospitals and leaving two missing, authorities said.

Nine others were airlifted off the platform, and a half-mile oil sheen stretched across an area roughly 20 miles off the coast of Grand Isle, Louisiana. About 28 gallons of fuel spilled into the region, according to Coast Guard Response Division Chief Ed Cubanski. The platform is used for production and not drilling.

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  1. Sinfully Yours

    BP – Ensuring the world is well lubed, one burning platform at a time.

    November 16, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      This one wasn't Bp it was Black Elk out of texas...

      November 16, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Not Impressed

    Here we go again . . .

    November 16, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. destiny

    was justin powell on the oil rige plz tell me no

    November 16, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Marc

    Gonna party like its 2010 all over again!

    November 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Trevor

    I think the company's name is Black Elk Energy.

    November 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ImaTexan

    Guess you never use any petroleum products, huh? I guess living in a tree all your life never requires any petroleum products. Please stay up there and spew your hatred of modern society while the rest of us actually accomplish something.

    November 16, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Antiquity

    and I'm sure that they'll get it under control in time unlike last time, the only problem is they'll use it to spike gas prices EVERYWHERE

    November 16, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. s kel

    Just paid $ 3:14 a gal. Gas at a WaWa station in MD. Hummm lets seeeee what it will be tomarrow

    November 16, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Name*dj

    I told them not to use China made parts!

    November 16, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Name*gas

    Gas companies are licking their lips about this

    November 16, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Don Wuerl

    My sincerest condolances go to the families of loved ones lost and injured by this horrific explosion.

    November 16, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Alan

    Dotheflippinmath, there are no poisioned aquifers in Pa let alone NJ hell there arent even any fracking operations close to NJ you nit

    November 16, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mark D

    So sad, but whomever is running the show on these platforms needs to do a little more safety checks.

    November 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Im not even gonna pretend to know anything about the drilling business, BUT why is there a platform there if they arent drilling? And if theyre NOT drilling WHAT would cause it to explode in the first place? Salt water doesnt have that affect!

    November 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      After finding oil (drilling), the platform may serve as a wellhead routing gas and oil via pipelines to shore facilities.

      November 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    We have to wait for more details. But this is worrisome in all its consequences.

    November 16, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
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