Oil rig blast on Louisiana lake leaves man missing, 7 people hurt

Oil rig blast on Louisiana lake leaves man missing, 7 people hurt

Three of seven workers injured in the explosion remain in critical condition, officials said - two with severe burns.

Patrick Courreges at the Department of Natural Resources said the platform is a production platform called a co-mingling facility where Clovelly draws oil from several different oil fields.

The platform, which is a storage and transfer structure for oil wells on the lake, was still burning, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto said at a press conference late Sunday.

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A fire on the platform that continued to burn overnight, wnet out just before noon Monday. The Coast Guard said that the person missing is a man and his name is not being released at this time. He says three Clovelly employees and four other contract workers are in hospitals.

Social media users reported hearing a loud noise that even rattled some homes.

No other rigs on the lake were at risk of igniting, according to authorities.

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality was on scene conducting water quality testing; no oil sheen was seen on the waters in preliminary tests.

Lake Pontchartrain is about 30 minutes north of North Orleans.

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

The Deputy head of the administration of Jefferson parish also reported that the incident injured seven people.

Jefferson Parish officials tell Eyewitness News that the workers were cleaning chemicals aboard the platform but the cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

The Coast Guard was being aided by St. John and St. Charles parishes, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, the City of Kenner, the Jefferson Parish East Bank Consolidated Fire Department and East Jefferson Hospital.

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