Thursday, September 2, 2010

Fire shuts Mariner Energy oil platform in Gulf

"NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- A fire broke out on a oil-production platform owned by Mariner Energy Inc. in the Gulf of Mexico, prompting the evacuation and recovery of the rig's crew, a Coast Guard official said Thursday.

The incident was reported at 9:30 a.m. Central time, Coast Guard Petty Officer Prentice Danner told MarketWatch.

All of the production wells on the platform were shut and that there was no evidence any oil had spilled into the Gulf, a spokesman for Mariner Energy (ME 22.64, -0.71, -3.04%) told cable-news network CNBC.

Also, all 13 crew had been safely removed from the platform, which lies 80 miles south of Vermillion Bay, La., the spokesman said. The fire broke out on the rig's topsides away from the wellheads, he elaborated, adding that the crew had been painting and sandblasting at the time." More>>>>

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