Mariner Energy Rig Fire Stokes Fears
It's easy to see why, of course, as the Gulf region continues to struggle to regain its balance after the BP (BP) Deepwater Horizon disaster, smack in the middle of hurricane season. Just on Friday, BP said the spill had cost it $8 billion so far, which somehow sounds low.
As for Mariner Energy, a small Houston-based oil-and-gas explorer suddenly thrust into the national spotlight, here's a round-up of the latest:
By Thursday evening, however, the Coast Guard said there was no slick or "sheen." What there was was plenty of confusion: the apparently mistaken sighting seemed to be in direct conflict with information from Mariner Energy, which had been claiming that nothing had leaked from the platform following the fire. To make the matter even more bewildering, Reuters reported Thursday evening that the Coast Guard received its initial intel regarding the mile-long sheen from Mariner Energy.
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