September 3, 2010 / 8:03 PM / 7 years ago

UPDATE 1-Mariner fire not like BP spill -US Interior chief

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Sept 3 (Reuters) - The fire at Mariner Energy's ME.N oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico appeared to be an industrial accident and not an example of problems in regulatory oversight, the U.S. Interior Secretary said.

"It's not another Deepwater Horizon issue, it appears to be another industrial accident," Secretary Ken Salazar told reporters in Anchorage on Friday about the fire that occurred a day earlier. Deepwater Horizon was the oil rig that exploded in April, triggering the massive spill from a well owned by BP Plc (BP.L).

The Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said on Friday it is investigating the Mariner fire. All 13 crew members that the fire forced into the ocean were rescued without serious injuries.

The Coast Guard said on Friday it found evidence of a small oil sheen that was probably caused by the fire fight.

Reporting by Yereth Rosen; Editing by David Gregorio

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