Search For Worker After Louisiana Oil Platform Explosion

On Monday, the US Coast Guard said that the search for a worker from a oil production platform in Louisiana continues, after it had exploded and caught on fire late Sunday. Coast Guard rescue crews and a helicopter failed to locate the worker overnight. Authorities on Monday were checking for any evidence of oil leaking from the facility, as the a cause for the explosion and fire has not been made clear. The Coast Guard said that there were eight people on the oil platform at the time, six of them were taken to the hospital with injuries.

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Search Suspended For Missing Worker After Louisiana Oil Explosion

The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a worker missing from an oil production platform in Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain that exploded and caught fire late on Sunday. Missing is Timothy Morrison, 44, of Katy, Texas, the Coast Guard said in a statement. Seven other workers were sent to hospital with injuries in the incident. “The decision to suspend a search is never an easy one,” Commander Zac Ford said in the statement. “We send our thoughts and prayers to the Morrison family and all those affected.”

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Several injured after oil rig explodes off Louisiana coast

BREAKING NEWS: One person missing and at least seven injured after oil rig explodes in a Louisiana lake
Oil rig on Lake Pontchartrain exploded Sunday night in St. Charles Parish
One missing and at least seven injured in the massive blast
Dozens of first responder units on the scene as flames fill the air

A Louisiana police department says an oil rig has exploded in Lake Pontchartrain in St. Charles Parish.
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.
Officials said that five injured men had been transported to a level one trauma center in critical condition, and two had been hospitalized in stable condition.
The platform is used to transfer and store oil from nearby wells, and is not a wellhead itself, officials said.

Rescue boats were sent from the Kenner Boat Launch, with the US Coast Guard and Jefferson’s Parish Sheriff’s Office assisting in the operation.
Kenner Police Department spokesman Sgt. Brian McGregor said many of the injuries were serious. No deaths have been reported.
‘Several people have been rescued from the rig. They are being taken to a local hospital,’ the parish government said in a statement.
‘The Coast Guard and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation will conduct water quality testing. Treasure Chest Casino will remain open,’ the statement added

7 injured as oil rig explodes on Lake Pontchartrain north of New Orleans

At least seven people have been wounded after an oil rig exploded in Lake Pontchartrain, in Louisiana, Sunday.

Officials were assisted in rescue operations by the US Coast Guard and by other rescue boats dispatched on the lake.

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Authorities provide more info on US oil rig blast

(16 Oct 2017) Authorities searched by air and water on Monday for a contractor who disappeared when an oil and gas platform exploded on a lake near New Orleans.
Seven people were injured, including three who were in critical condition, authorities said.
The Coast Guard reported that a fire aboard the structure was out by midday and there were no signs of pollution visible from the air.
A Coast Guard helicopter, along with Coast Guard vessels and boats from local agencies, continued looking for the missing worker.
The Clovelly Oil Company platform exploded on Sunday night while maintenance was being done on the structure, sending a fireball high into the night sky, authorities and company officials said.
The Kenner government Facebook page said authorities on the scene reported that cleaning chemicals had ignited on the structure, but the company said the cause of the blast was unknown.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto said the cause remained under investigation.

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Oil Barge Explosion Off Texas Kills One

On Friday, officials said that at least one person has been killed, with at least one injured, after an oil barge pulled by a tug boat caught on fire and exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. Officials said that the barge was carrying some 133,000 barrels of crude oil to a refinery in Corpus Christi when the explosion occurred. An Emergency Management Coordinator said that six of the eight crew members were rescued and did not suffer any serious injuries. The Coast Guard said that there are “reports of some oil in the water.”

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Crude Oil Barge Explodes Off Texas

Two crew members were missing from a barge that caught fire and exploded while carrying 140,000 barrels of crude oil to a refinery early on Friday in the Gulf of Mexico off Corpus Christi, Texas. Six of the eight crew members were accounted for and the barge was anchored about two miles off the Port Aransas Jetty. There are no reports of water or air pollution from the fire. It was not immediately known if any of the crew members suffered serious injuries or what caused the fire.

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