One contractor died and two others suffered injuries Saturday while conducting maintenance on a Chevron natural gas pipeline off the Louisiana coast, officials said.
The contractor, whose name was not immediately available, was among four maintenance workers on the platform when the incident occurred about 11:10 a.m. Saturday, said Gareth Johnstone, a spokesman for Chevron Pipe Line Co. (CPL). He said the two other workers suffered minor injuries.
A helicopter brought two people from offshore to meet an ambulance, but both declined to take the ambulance to a hospital after medics checked them out, said Randall Ansley, shift supervisor for Acadian Ambulance.
Johnstone said he did not know what caused the death and injuries.
The platform is part of a natural gas gathering system and workers shut in the pipeline after the incident, Johnstone said.
He said the cause of the incident is under investigation.
“CPL regrets this tragic accident,” Johnstone said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the contractor’s family and friends.”
Johnstone said a small amount of natural gas condensate released into the water, but dissipated. Natural gas is in the process of releasing at the platform to relieve pressure on the line owned by Chevron Midstream Pipeline LLC. Johnstone said containment crews were en route to the platform.
He said he did not know whether the initial release of gas was under water or at the pipeline level.
Col. Mike Edmonson, superintendent of Louisiana State Police, said Chevron reported the accident to the state about 2 p.m. Saturday.