From The Washington Post

One person is missing and seven were injured after an explosion at an oil rig in a Louisiana lake just north of North Orleans.

The explosion happened just after 7 p.m. Sunday in Lake Pontchartrain off Kenner, La. Officials are still investigating the cause, though they said cleaning chemicals ignited on the surface of the oil rig platform.

The offshore platform, located in an unincorporated part of Jefferson Parrish and used to transfer oil from wells in the area, was still burning as of about 11 p.m. Fire crews were working to stop any flow of oil into the rig and let the structure burn off and cool, East Bank Consolidated Fire Department Chief Dave Tibbetts told reporters at a news conference Sunday night. The fire was under control by Monday morning, he said.

No deaths have been reported. Five of those injured suffered “blast-type injuries and burns” and were in critical condition Sunday night, Mike Guillot, director of East Jefferson Emergency Medical Services, told reporters. The other two were in stable condition, he said. By Monday morning, three remains in the hospital, with one still in the intensive care unit. The other four have been discharged.

Officials acknowledged that oil may have leaked into Lake Pontchartrain, but Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni told reporters that residents’ drinking water comes from the Mississippi River, which was untouched by the explosion.

The rig is owned by Clovelly Oil, Taylor Darden, a lawyer for the company, told the Times-Picayune.


One Missing, Six Injured in Platform Explosion on Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana

From gCaptain

One person is missing and six others have been injured after an explosion on an oil platform in Lake Pontchartrain near Kenner, Louisiana, Sunday evening, the Coast Guard has confirmed.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report from a witness at approximately 8 p.m. of an oil platform explosion.

The Coast Guard said Sunday night that one of the platform workers reported that eight people were aboard the platform at the time of the explosion, and one person did not make it to shore. Six of the seven people taken to shore were brought to the hospital, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard is coordinating search efforts for the missing man. Sector New Orleans has launched a 29-foot Response Boat-Small boatcrew, a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew, and a MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter air crew. Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Jefferson County Parish, and St. Charles Parish also have marine units on scene. Bayou Gauche Fire Department and a good Samaritan vessel are on scene fighting the fire, which has been reduced substantially, the Coast Guard said.

The name of the missing man is not being released at this time. The cause of the incident is unknown, the Coast Guard said.

Kenner Police Department spokesman Sergeant Brian McGregor told the Times-Picayune newspaper earlier that there were “a lot of injuries,” with at least six confirmed and more expected.

St. Charles Parish said on its Facebook page that an oil rig was on fire in the lake near New Orleans and had “caused the loud sound earlier tonight.”


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