The Coast Guard is saying that a mile-long oil sheen is spreading from the site of the Mariner Energy-owned platform.
“At 9:19 a.m., the Coast Guard received a call from neighboring platform was that platform 380 completely engulfed in flames,” said Gov. Bobby Jindal during an afternoon update on the fire.
Mariner informed the governor that the platform had seven active wells on the platform, and that one of the seven wells caught fire, said Jindal.
Four Coast Guard choppers from New Orleans and four from Houston and a vessel were called to the scene.