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Gulf of Mexico Platform Explosion
An oil platform exploded and caught fire Thursday off the Louisiana coast; all 13 crew members were rescued

Gulf of Mexico Rig Explosion

Sept. 2, 2010: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Mariner Energy officials told him there were seven active production wells on the platform, and they were shut down shortly after the fire broke out.

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Gulf of Mexico Rig Explosion

Sept. 2, 2010: The Coast Guard initially reported that an oil sheen a mile long and 100 feet wide had begun to spread from the site of the blast, about 200 miles west of the site of BP's massive spill. But hours later, Coast Guard Cmdr. Cheri Ben-Iesau said crews were unable to find any spill.

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Gulf of Mexico Rig Explosion

Sept. 2, 1010: The blast was the second such disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in less than five months, thought there was no indication that this explosion would cause the same environmental destruction as the BP rig blast.

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Gulf of Mexico Rig Explosion

Sept. 2, 2010: All 13 people aboard the rig were rescued as they floated in the nearby water in survival outfits called gumby suits.

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Gulf of Mexico Platform Explosion

An oil platform exploded and caught fire Thursday off the Louisiana coast; all 13 crew members were rescued

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