It has yet to be determined what caused the explosion of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, but there is good news to come out of such tragedy.
The safeguards engineered into the platform worked. There is no oil leaking at the bottom of the ocean, nor at the surface.
From the AP:
No oil appeared to be leaking after a drilling rig exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard said Friday, though officials were trying to contain what spilled from the blast and prevent any threat to the coast’s fragile ecosystem.
This is not the way one would like to test the effectiveness of drilling safety engineering and spill prevention, but Virginian’s should understand that even in the event of a catastrophic failure of an oil rig, Virginia’s coastline and waters are absolutely safe.