Another Oil Rig Explosion in the Gulf

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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.

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.

Don't forget that BlogHer is currently holding an online art auction from the Voices of the Year gala with proceeds benefiting The Nature Conservancy to help clean up the Gulf of Mexico.

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.

Contributing Editor Jenna Hatfield (@FireMom) blogs at Stop, Drop and Blog and The Chronicles of Munchkin Land. She is a freelance writer and newspaper photographer.


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