One Person Missing, Seven Injured After Rig Explodes on Lake Pontchartrain

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17 October, 2017

Patrick Courreges at the Department of Natural Resources confirmed to Eyewitness News reporter David Hammer that the owner of the platform is Clovelly Oil Co., based on Poydras Street.

Kenner police are reporting several injuries tonight, but we have yet to receive additional information about the extent of those injuries.

It's a brackish tidal basin that is fed both by the Gulf of Mexico and by fresh water from rivers and streams in 16 Louisiana parishes and four MS counties.

An explosion hit an oil platform on Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana Sunday night, injuring seven people and possibly leaving one person unaccounted for.

Three workers remain in hospital for blast and burn treatment, some in critical condition, Mike Guillot, emergency medical services director at East Jefferson General Hospital, said during a news briefing on Monday. The other two are in stable condition at East Jefferson General Hospital.

Residents along the shores of the lake said their homes shook about 7:15 p.m.

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Sheriff Joe Lopinto of Jefferson Parish said that the search of Lake Pontchartrain would continue for "as long as it takes". "At first I thought it was a sonic boom or something, I had no idea what was happening". "Then it holds the oil until the tank's capacity is met", at which point a barge arrives and moves the stored oil to an onshore site, O'Leary said.

The statement says Clovelly doesn't know if any oil was released into Lake Pontchartrain. "It gathers oil from three nearby wells".

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

The search has been complicated by 4 to 5 foot (1.2 to 1.5 meters) seas and stiff winds, Lopinto said. Authorities noted that the parish drinking water is safe because it is pulled from the Mississippi River.

'The Coast Guard and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation will conduct water quality testing.


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