Lake Pontchartrain oil platform fire extinguished; search continues for missing worker

Lake Pontchartrain oil platform fire extinguished; search continues for missing worker

Lake Pontchartrain oil platform fire extinguished; search continues for missing worker

Lopinto added that the police is working in tandem with the subcontractors of the oil rig to get the names of all those who were present at the time of the explosion.

An oil rig exploded Sunday night in Lake Pontchartrain in St. Charles Parish, a Louisiana police department said. Three of the blast victims are in critical condition.

A fourth well, for natural gas, also feeds the platform, O'Leary said. The Coast Guard and partner agencies continue to search for the missing man. 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. The fire was under control by Monday morning. No damage to homes has yet been reported. The gas is treated at the platform before moving onshore, he said.

The platform is about 1 1/2 miles northwest of the Williams Boulevard boat launch in Kenner.

The Kenner government's Facebook page said authorities on the scene reported that cleaning chemicals had ignited on the structure, but the company said the cause of the blast was unknown.

The authorities are yet to declare the cause of the explosion, which is still being investigated.

Clovelly said it wasn't sure if any oil had been released into Lake Pontchartrain. Clovelly's top priorities are: "To protect the safety of all responders and workers on the scene, to locate the missing employee, to render medical care to the injured employees of Clovelly and its contractors and to minimize any impact on the public and to the environment".

Authorities acknowledged there was a possibility that the fire meant oil could be leaking into the lake, but noted that Jefferson Parish drinking water will remain safe because it is pulled from the Mississippi River.

One person is missing and seven people have been injured after the shocking blast, which occurred around 7.20pm on the water northwest of the Treasure Chest Casino in Kenner, Louisiana.

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