Here we go again. Another oil rig has exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, leading to a wave of related headlines across the nation. The latest explosion happened aboard an oil rig reportedly owned by Mariner Energy and comes just months after the explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon triggered what has become known as the “BP oil spill”.
It is not yet known whether the rig is still burning or if the explosion has triggered a new oil leak, according to the New York Times. We do know that the explosion left at least one worker injured.
The explosion couldnâ€™t have come at a worse time for advocates of off-shore drilling, who have been working furiously to downplay the impact of the BP oil spill and portray what many consider to be the word environmental disaster in history as an isolated incident. Letâ€™s all hope for the best, while also letting this latest disaster serve as a reminder that off-shore drilling is neither safe nor clean.