Explosion in the Gulf of Mexico at oil, gas platform

Photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Friday, November 16, 2012 - 10:53am

According to the US Coast Guard an oil gas platform owned by Black Elk Energy exploded and caught fire around 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 16. The Coast Guard confirms the fire was extinguished roughly one hour after the explosion.

The rig, which is a production platform, is located about 20 miles southeast of Grand Isle. We’re told a total of 22 people were working on the platform at the time of the explosion. Eleven people were transported for medical treatment at various hospitals. We're told four are being transported from the West Jefferson Hospital to the Baton Rouge General Burn Center.

The search continues at this time for 2 more workers, who may have gone overboard.

“Our primary concern is looking for the two people who are missing and to contain the pollution,” a representative for the Coast Guard explained.

The Coast Guard confirms that there were 28 gallons of product located on the rig. Right now a sheen that is less than two miles long has been spotted.

Black Elk Energy’s headquarters is located in Houston, TX.

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