Believed Missing, 7 Injured in Louisiana Oil Rig Explosion

Oct 17, 2017, 00:47
Believed Missing, 7 Injured in Louisiana Oil Rig Explosion

A statement from Clovelly Oil said three oil wells near the platform were shut in at the time of the explosion and its one gas well was flowing, but was successfully shut-in shortly after the explosion.

One person is missing and seven people have been injured after the shocking blast, which occurred around 7.20pm on the water northwest of the Treasure Chest Casino in Kenner, Louisiana. A Coast Guard helicopter, along with Coast Guard vessels and boats from local agencies, continued looking for the missing worker.

It is noted that the operator of the drilling platform is the company Clovelly Oil.

There were "a lot of injuries", many of them serious, with at least seven confirmed and more expected, McGregor said. "We are treating it as having one person unaccounted for and treating it as a search and rescue".

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Three of the injured people were Clovelly employees. Five of them were taken to medical center at the University, and two more were taken to hospital in Jefferson County.

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

Chief David Tibbets of the East Bank Consolidated Fire Department says the platform, located in Jefferson Parish, is used for the transfer of oil.

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

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Authorities searched by air and water Monday for a contractor who disappeared when an oil and gas platform exploded on a lake near New Orleans.

Andrew Love, 32, told the newspaper he was inside his house about 10 blocks away when he heard the explosion. "At first I thought it was a sonic boom or something, I had no idea what was happening". Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto said the cause remained under investigation.

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality was on scene conducting water quality testing; no oil sheen was seen on the waters in preliminary tests.

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