According to a report from the Associated Press, a mile-long oil sheen spread September 2 from an offshore petroleum platform burning in the Gulf of Mexico off Lousiana, west of the site of BP's massive spill. Coast Guard told media the sheen, about 100 feet wide, was spotted near the platform owned by Houston-based Mariner Energy Inc. The explosion and fire was reported by a commercial helicopter flying over the site around 9 a.m. CDT on Sept 2. All 13 people aboard the rig were rescued as they floated in the nearby water in gumby suits.
(Source: Associated Press)