Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

1 missing, after oil rig explodes on Louisiana lake

Lousiana LANDSAT FACEBOOKEmergency services are currently attempting to tackle the blaze
June Sullivan | 17 October, 2017, 00:57

There were "a lot of injuries", many of them serious, with at least seven confirmed and more expected from the Sunday evening explosion on Lake Pontchartrain, Kenner Police Department spokesman Sgt. Brian McGregor told The Times-Picayune.

Patrick Courreges at the Department of Natural Resources said the platform is a production platform called a co-mingling facility where Clovelly draws oil from several different oil fields.

Jefferson Parish officials say there were cleaning chemicals aboard the platform but do not know the exact cause of the fire at this time.

Huge Oil Rig #Explosion as Republicans continue to remove every regulation they can lay their hands on. Two of the three people in critical condition were in a burn unit, Guilot said.

Clovelly Oil Company said that three of the injured workers are company employees and that five of the victims, including the missing man, are contract workers.

Officials have said the fire erupted Sunday night, burning natural gas that powers some of the platform's equipment.

Authorities say one person remained missing after the blast and U.S. Coast Guard crews were searching for him.

Social media users reported hearing a loud noise that even rattled some homes.

Lopinto said the platform is a natural gas storage location that feeds from other nearby rigs.

The Coast Guard will be conducting a water quality evaluation, as will the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.

The platform is about 1 1/2 miles northwest of the Williams Boulevard boat launch in Kenner. The state Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office and Bayou Gauche Fire Department also responded. The cause of the incident is unknown.

The rig, owned by Clovelly Oil Co. of New Orleans, is located north of Kenner, La.

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