ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Sept 3 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
"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
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)