The platform owned by Mariner Energy is in about 2,500 feet of water, the Coast Guard said, and was not currently producing.
Mariner Energy, Inc. operates as an independent oil and gas exploration, development, and production company. The company's principal oil and gas properties are located in the Permian Basin, Gulf Coast, and the Gulf of Mexico deepwater and shelf. As of December 31, 2009, it had estimated proved reserves of 1,087 trillion cubic feet equivalent. The company was incorporated in 1983 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
What an amazing coincidence! After decades and decades of safe, incident free drilling in the gulf, suddenly 3 explosions in less than a year. It reminds me of a great quote: "Mr. Bond, once is happenstance, twice is circumstance, three times is enemy action." – Ian Fleming (Goldfinger).
I'm sure the lack of safety on this rig is Obama's fault. He should have been on that rig, making sure everything was to code.
Hmmmmm, No oil rig explosions in the last 15 years and two since our new regime has started..... Coincidence?
No explosions or major spills in over 60 years......2 in a few months? Bullshit! This is Obama's Reichstag.
The name of the Mariner Energy platform that caught fire is the Vermillion Oil 380. According to data posted by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, the platform, installed in 1980, operates at a depth of 340 feet and is manned around the clock.
The weather this summer may be a cause of the oyster deaths, he said.
“We’ve had an unseasonably hot summer,” Gordon said.
He said high temperatures lead to lower levels of dissolved oxygen in the water, which could cause oysters and other marine animals to die.
Since 2001, there have been 12 discoveries in waters 5,000 feet deep, drilling into older rock formations known as the Lower Tertiary. Those point to the presence of a region that might hold as much as 15 billion barrels of reserves.
The latest and largest find in the Lower Tertiary, about 250 miles south of New Orleans, was announced in August by BP. The find is a layer of 800 feet of oil-bearing sands, more than five miles under the ocean floor.
“The deep water in the Gulf of Mexico is a textbook application of where technology drove opportunity,” said Barney Issen, a geologist with Chevron. “It’s been known for quite some time that there were huge resources out there but we didn’t have the seismic data to have the nerve to drill. And even if we did, we didn’t have the drilling tools until recently.”
Federal authorities have cited Mariner Energy and related entities for 10 accidents in the Gulf of Mexico over the last four years, according to safety records from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement.
The accidents range from platform fires to pollution spills and a blowout, according to accident-investigation reports from the agency formerly known as the Minerals Management Service.
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