Another oil rig has exploded in the Gulf. According to CNN, the oil rig is 80-miles off the coast of Louisiana. As of 11:43 am, all 13 workers were accounted for, though one was injured during the blast. At 11:53, CNN reported that the rig was not currently making product and they are unsure of how that will result in spillage and pollution.
After months of on-going spillage and clean up, this news is sure to be met with heavy hearts by many. During the previous oil spill chaos, BlogHer had a series of posts that touched on everything from the emotional aspects of the loss, effects on employment and how people living in other areas could help the Gulf region. Here are just a few of the many posts that we featured on the site.
- Update on Gulf Coast Wildlife Efforts: How to Clean an Oiled Pelican -- It's more complicated than you think.
- Bloggers Tell Compelling Gulf Stories -- An amazing round-up of Gulf stories that is a must read.
- Bloggers React to Obama's Oval Office Speech About the Gulf Oil Spill -- In a word: disappointment.
- Is Gulf Seafood Safe? -- Answers to that important question and information on the the spill affected local seafood businesses.
- Allegations of BP's Turtle Burning Add Fuel to the Fire -- Another straw on the camel's back of an already difficult situation.
- Tugging on Heartstrings and Feathers: An Up-Close Look at a Wildlife Rehab Center in the Gulf -- An amazing write-up and set of photographs of how wildlife was cared for during the clean up process.
- Obama at the Gulf Coast -- Coverage and reaction to Obama's trip to the Gulf shore.
- Hope for My Inner Activist: Hands Across the Sand Takes on Oil Spill Blues -- Includes beautiful photos of a rally held at beaches around the world.
These are just a few of the amazing posts that came through BlogHer when the initial spill and resulting clean up rocked the worlds and hearts of so many. We can hope that this latest explosion will result in something much smaller scale (read: nothing at all) than what the region was forced to endure last time around. Whatever the case, there's no doubt that bloggers will band together to bring us the most pertinent information as things progress.
Updates (2:14pm): News at CNN now states that no one was injured despite previous reports. Also, the original fire was not from an explosion but that it started at one of the platform's seven active wells. Currently, a "sheen" can be seen that is at least a mile wide, though we don't yet know what that means.
More from entertainment