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Mariner Energy Reports Fire Extinguished at Vermilion Platform

In a follow up to its news release issued last night, Mariner Energy, Inc. reports that the fire at its production platform on Vermilion Block 380 has been extinguished. The crew was transported to medical facilities onshore. No injuries have been reported. Automated shutoff equipment on the platform safely turned off the flow of oil and gas from the platform's seven producing wells before the fire occurred and the crew evacuated.

Mariner is working with regulatory authorities in response to this incident. The company mobilized fire response vessels immediately upon learning of the incident. The cause of the fire remains unknown, and an investigation is underway.

Mariner Energy, Inc. (NYSE: ME) is an independent oil and gas exploration, development, and production company headquartered in Houston, Texas, with principal operations in the Permian Basin, South Texas and the Gulf of Mexico.

Published 03/09/2010

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