Oil Platform Explodes in Gulf

Friday, November 16, 2012 @ 04:11 PM gHale


Two people are missing after an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico caught fire after an explosion Friday, which sent 11 people to hospitals, authorities said.

Nine others ended up airlifted off the platform, and a half-mile oil sheen stretched across an area roughly 20 miles off the coast of Grand Isle, LA. The platform sees use for production and not drilling.

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Four of injured are in critical condition at West Jefferson Medical Center in Louisiana and should transfer soon to the Baton Rouge General Burn Center.

Rescue airplanes and helicopters scoured the region in search of survivors. The fire is out, according to a spokesman for Black Elk Energy, the Houston-based firm in charge of the platform.

The incident comes a day after the Justice Department announced that oil company BP would plead guilty to manslaughter charges stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The London-based oil giant has agreed to pay $4.5 billion in government penalties.



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