Sizing Up Oil Drilling Rigs in the Gulf

Infographic on oil and gas drilling rigs in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. (Image credit: Karl Tate /

The Mariner Engery oil platform that erupted into flames in the Gulf Thursday has reportedly taken no lives, with all crew workers rescued and no signs of a leak. Even so, the accident, on the heels of the months-long Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, has sparked lots of talk on the dangers of drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Here's a look at oil and gas production in the Gulf.

Karl Tate
LiveScience Infographic Artist
Karl has been Purch's infographics specialist across all editorial properties since 2010.  Before joining Purch, Karl spent 11 years at the New York headquarters of The Associated Press, creating news graphics for use around the world in newspapers and on the web.  He has a degree in graphic design from Louisiana State University.