Another Gulf Oil Well goes boom . . . now has mile long slick

No one dead this time; relatively shallow water-

This well was in production, unlike the Deepwater Horizon, BP disaster.  It tells me that major oil pollution might have become a permanent feature of the Gulf of Mexico.

Oil sheen spreading from Gulf platform explosion. By Alan Levin and Julie Schmit, USA Today

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Added Sept. 3. There was an interesting article in the NYT today on this. Mariner Rig Accident Undercuts Efforts to End Drilling Moratorium. By John Collins Rudolf. From Green, NYT’s blog about energy and the environment.

The rig was owned by Mariner Energy and it is interesting that some of their executives were busy in Houston protesting against the moratorium on new deepwater drilling. The moratorium lasts until the end of November. It also seems these folks would rather engage in political protest rather than clean up their act. Certainly a bad omen for the future.



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  1. Kropotkin Man Avatar
    Kropotkin Man

    Where are we headed as a species?

    Do any of the major players have a clue?

    Are we simply powerless to stop the madness?

    6.8 BILLION humans with billions more on the way.

    The wall can’t be far away.

  2. nellypc Avatar

    Yeah, and it’s not the last one. There’s no safe offshore drilling whatsoever. By the way, pelicans need our help because of oil spill. Moreover, they are dying at the west coast too.
    There is only one way to save pelicans – to put them back on the endangered species list. Rescue centers need financial support from the state and Federal authorities. Our pelicans depend on it. There’s a petition on titled “Save U.S. pelicans”, and I’d love your support. You can sign the petition in less than 30 seconds by clicking the link below:
    Thanks so much for the help!

  3. Cody Coyote Avatar
    Cody Coyote

    There are conflicting reports about any oil slick. Some say it’s just a thin ” sheen”; other overflights say nothing at all is visible. It doesn’t sound like any appreciable amount of oil was released. A couple of barrels of oil would be sufficient to make a ” sheen” 100 feet wide and a mile long.

    Just a friendly reminder from Mother Nature for the offshores to clean up their act…

  4. JimT Avatar

    It was a natural gas well, so there wouldn’t be much oil to be released, and certainly not anything like the BP spill. But the small Houston based owners and operators have a bad safety record over the past several years. More evidence that MMS was basically a wholly owned subsidiary of the oil and gas industry.

    BTW, check out the story in today’s NY Times on BP’s threat to blackmail Congress with lack of revenues if they pass legislation impeding their ability to conduct business in the Gulf. F;ing cajones, I will give them that. And they might get away with it. Congress is dithering over the legislation addressing increased safety in offshore drilling operations..and the continued sell out of the Republicans to big oil continues, along with a few Blue Dog Dems.

  5. JimT Avatar

    It was a natural gas well, so oil leakage would be minimal. But the safety record of this company is bad over the past several years, according to some reports I read, including a fatality.

    Check out the story in NYTimes about BP’s blackmail message to Congress if they pass reform legislation that impedes BP’s ability to conduct business in the Gulf. Amazing.

  6. Ralph Maughan Avatar

    I just updated this story will an interesting sideline on the owner of the rig, Mariner Energy.


Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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