Oil spill clean up begins after rig explosion

Oil spill clean up begins after rig explosion

POSTED: Friday, April 23, 2010 - 6:59am

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:00pm

Coast Guard officials say there is no oil currently leaking from a drilling rig that exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico, leaving 11 workers unaccounted for.

Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry said Friday morning that no oil appeared to be leaking from the well head at the ocean floor 5,000 feet deep, nor was any oil leaking at the water's surface.

Landry says the oil being contained now was residual from the explosion and sinking. The Deepwater Horizon had burned violently for nearly two days until it sank Thursday morning. The fire has been put out.

BP PLC, which leased the rig and took the lead in the cleanup, says it is using 32 vessels to mop up the current spill. Officials had initially estimated 336,000 gallons of crude oil a day could be leaking.