Coast Guard backs off earlier report of oil sheen from Gulf platform explosion off La. coastBy Alan Sayre, AP
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Coast Guard: No oil sheen from Gulf explosion
NEW ORLEANS, La. — The Coast Guard is backing off its earlier report that an oil sheen about a mile long was spreading following a platform explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.
Coast Guard Cmdr. Cheri Ben-Iesau said Thursday afternoon that crews was unable to confirm the oil sheen. The Coast Guard says platform owner Mariner Energy reported a sheen about a mile long and 100 feet wide. But the company has said in a statement that an initial flyover didn’t find an oil spill.
Ben-lesau says the fire on the platform has been put out. All 13 crew members were rescued from the water.