Fire causes oil spill containment measures to shut down in the Gulf of Mexico

By Phaedra Friend Troy

A fire aboard the Discoverer Enterprise drillship has shut down oil spill containment measures in the Gulf of Mexico. 

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BP reports that a small fire broke out on the top of the drilling derrick of the Discoverer Enterprise drillship this morning. Although the fire was swiftly extinguished, the LMRP oil spill cap remains shut-in. 

The Discoverer Entrprise is collecting the oil and natural gas being captured by the LMRP cap, flaring the natural gas and transfering the oil to a tanker.

While the cause of the fire is unknown, the initial opinion to the cause of the fire is a lightening strike.

All of the shut-down procedures in place worked effectively, and there were no injuries reported.

The lower marine riser package oil spill containment cap was shut-down while safety inspections are taking place. BP expects to resume capturing the Macando oil via the LMRP cap soon.

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