False Alarm

Coast Guard: No Oil Sheen in Gulf

Well this is welcome news: The Coast Guard has reversed an earlier report and now says that there is no oil sheen spreading from a platform that caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico. The Coast Guard now says it is unable to confirm the sheen and its earlier report was based on the owner of the platform, Mariner Energy; however, Mariner Energy also says that there is no sheen. The fire on the platform has been extinguished and all 13 crew members are safely ashore.