One worker is dead and three others injured after an oil platform explosion 12 miles off the coast of New Orleans, federal officials said.
The platform was not in production at the time of the explosion and there was no pollution, said Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) officials.
Houston-based Fieldwood Energy reported the explosion on the Echo Platform, West Delta 105, which it owns, just before 3 p.m., BSEE officials said.
The three injured are undergoing treatment at an offshore medical facility. Officials have not released the name of the one worker who died pending notification of next of kin, BSEE officials said.
Fieldwood Energy released this statement:
“At Fieldwood Energy, our top priority is the safety of our employees and contractors. This incident just occurred, so we do not have many details at this point. The incident occurred at the West Delta 105 “E” facility, which is located offshore Louisiana. One employee of a contractor was fatally injured and a second contractor employee was seriously injured. We have accounted for all other personnel who were working at the facility. This was an isolated incident that has been fully contained. The facility was not damaged and there was no pollution that resulted from the incident. We currently are working hand-in-hand with emergency response personnel and will provide further updates once we learn additional information. In the interim, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased and injured contractor employees.”