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Oil platform explodes: there are injured and missing

Paulo Nogueira
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17-10-2017 15:33:55
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Explosion occurred in New Orleans




The accident occurred last night on an oil rig in New Orleans during oil transfer activity.

[supsystic-social-sharing id='1′]An oil rig explosion on a lake north of New Orleans, apparently caused by cleaning chemicals, left seven people injured and one missing, officials said. There were “many wounded”, at least seven confirmed, and some of them were in serious condition, Kenner Police Department Sergeant Brian McGregor told The Associated Press. He said he hoped to increase the number of people injured by Sunday's blast at Lake Pontchartrain.

No deaths have been reported so far.

Five of those injured were taken to hospitals with "wounds and burns," Mike Guillot, director of Emergency Medical Services in East Jefferson, told the media. He added that they are in serious condition.

"Authorities at the scene of the explosion report that cleaning chemicals exploded on the surface of the platform," the Kenner City Government said on its Facebook page Sunday afternoon.

Early Monday morning, U.S. Coast Guard teams expected to send a helicopter to fly over the area to search for the missing person, NCO Lexie Preston said. The helicopter's crew would also attempt to detect any contamination in the air and in the Lake Pontchartrain area, if any, Preston reported. He added that this was the plan to follow on Monday morning.

Fire and smoke reports from Lake Pontchartrain began arriving at the emergency operations center around 7:15 a.m., Jefferson County Spokesperson Antwan Harris said in a statement issued Sunday night.
Clovelly Oil owns the rig that is in production, said Taylor Darden, an attorney for the company listed as a registered agent with the Louisiana Secretary of the Government. Source: NBC

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With technical training, I worked in the offshore oil and gas market for a few years. Today, my team and I are dedicated to bringing information from the Brazilian energy sector and the world, always with credible and up-to-date sources.