1 missing, after oil rig explodes on Louisiana lake

17 October, 2017, 00:55 | Author: Marjorie Miles
  • BREAKING NEWS: One person missing and at least seven injured after oil rig explodes in a Louisiana lake

A supply boat on the scene rescued seven people, and five were transported to the University Medical Center in New Orleans. Authorities said that they were working to confirm exactly who was on the platform at the time of the explosion.

It was also unclear but likely that oil was spilling into Lake Pontchartrain, said Chief Dave Tibbits of the East Bay Consolidated Fire Department.

The platform is used to transfer and store oil from nearby wells, and is not a wellhead itself, officials said.

The statement says Clovelly doesn't know if any oil was released into Lake Pontchartrain.

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Sheriff Joe Lopinto said that some of the victims lived in the New Orleans area.

A fourth well, for natural gas, also feeds the platform, O'Leary said.

Its water covers 630 square miles (1630 square kilometers) but it's generally only about 10 to 15 feet (3 to 4.5 meters) deep.

The U.S. Geological Service describes it as one of America's largest estuaries.

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There are boat and helicopter crews on scene conducting the search for that person.

THe Coast Guard is coordinating search efforts for a missing man after an explosion on an oil platform in Lake Pontchartrain near Kenner, Louisiana, Sunday evening.

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

Officials from the St. Charles Parish wrote on Facebook that "The Emergency Operations Center is aware that an oil platform is now on fire in Lake Pontchartrain and that it caused the loud sound earlier tonight". Authorities noted that the parish drinking water is safe because it is pulled from the Mississippi River.

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A Louisiana police department says an oil rig has exploded in Lake Pontchartrain in St. Charles Parish. The statement said the company's three oil wells were shut in at the time, and the flow from the gas well was cut off after the explosion.


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