Fire Erupts On Gulf Of Mexico Rig After Natural Gas Blowout

A natural gas rig ruptured on Tuesday and partially collapsed into the Gulf after a fire broke out. All 44 workers were safely evacuated from the platform.

1. The blowout occurred Tuesday morning while preparing the shallow-water drilling rig for production, according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

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2. The rig, known as Hercules 265, off the coast of Louisiana partially collapsed after catching fire.

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3. The 44 personnel aboard the drilling rig, owned by Hercules Offshore Inc., which was a contractor for Houston’s Walter Oil & Gas Corp. were evacuated.

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4. Federal authorities say no sheens were sighted in the Gulf of Mexico during a flyover on Wednesday morning.

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The lack of sheen indicates there is no sign that oil or other hydrocarbons are being released into the water, reports AP.

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