Equipment Failings Caused Mariner Rig Fire: Report

Law360, New York (May 26, 2011, 2:54 PM EDT) -- Mariner Energy Inc.'s failure to safely maintain a decades-old piece of production equipment caused a Sept. 2 fire on a company oil and natural gas rig 102 miles off the coast of Louisiana, according to a federal report released Wednesday.

An accident investigation panel with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation and Enforcement said in its report that the rig's Heater-Treater, which uses heat from a fire tube to help separate oily water emulsions into oil and water, was nearly 30 years old and the...
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