Workers Hospitalized After Oil Rig Fire

Associated Press Modified: November 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm •  Published: November 16, 2012
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The Coast Guard says four people have been flown to a hospital and two may be missing in Gulf oil rig explosion off the coast of Louisiana. (Nov. 16)

COAST GUARD OFFICIALS SAID AN OIL RIG EXPLODED OFF THE COAST OF LOUISIANA, SENDING FOUR PEOPLE TO HOSPITALS.

TWO WERE BELIEVED TO BE MISSING.

THE RIG WAS OWNED BY BLACK ELK ENERGY AND IS ABOUT 25 MILES SOUTHEAST OF GRAND ISLE, LOUISIANA.

A CAUSE FOR THE BLAST ISN'T KNOWN YET.

THE PLATFORM IS A PRODUCTION PLATFORM, UNLIKE THE DEEPWATER HORIZON RIG, WHICH WAS DRILLING AN EXPLORATORY WELL FOR OIL GIANT BP IN MILE-DEEP WATER WELL TO THE EAST OF FRIDAY'S REPORTED EXPLOSION.

THE COMPANY'S WEBSITE SAYS IT HOLDS INTERESTS IN PROPERTIES IN TEXAS AND LOUISIANA WATERS, INCLUDING 854 WELLS ON 155 PLATFORMS.


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