All Too Familiar: Offshore Drilling Explosion and Fire in Gulf of Mexico

NOT AGAIN: Rig explodes and catches fire today in Gulf of Mexico l Photo: U.S. Coast Guard

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement confirmed this morning that an oil and gas rig in the Gulf of Mexico has ignited, causing an offshore drilling explosion and subsequent fire. Unlike the 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout, the blowout preventer on this rig is above the water and surrounded by uncontrollable fire, making access to it impossible. In response to this disaster, Oceana deputy Vice President for U.S. Campaigns Jacqueline Savitz issued the following statement: 

“This is yet another reminder that offshore drilling remains dirty and dangerous. Despite what the oil companies and our government claim, offshore drilling is still far from being safe. What is even more worrisome is that these types of accidents happen more frequently than most people know. 

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