November 24, 2012
A welder injured in an explosion on an oil platform off the Louisiana coast two weeks ago has died -- only hours after his family had arrived at his bedside, the Philippines Embassy announced. "We were very saddened to learn Avelino Tajonera , one of the workers injured in the Nov. 16 incident, passed away last night, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family," Black Elk Energy said in a statement Saturday. "We continue to work in close cooperation with government officials to understand exactly what happened in this incident.
November 17, 2012 |
Divers inspecting a Black Elk Energy oil platform that burst into flames in the Gulf of Mexico recovered a body from the water under the platform Saturday night, Coast Guard officials said. Black Elk officials were not immediately available to confirm whether the body was that of one of two missing workers not seen since Friday's explosion. The body was discovered hours after the Coast Guard had called off its search, which covered 1,400 square miles. The platform, located off the Louisiana shore about 20 miles southeast of Grand Isle, was rocked Friday by an explosion and fire as workers cut through a pipe.
November 16, 2012 |
An oil platform exploded off of the coast of Louisiana, injuring at least four people, the Coast Guard said Friday. Officials were searching for at least two people who were believed to be missing. The explosion took place about 9 a.m. local time, sparking a fire on the platform that has since been extinguished, a Coast Guard spokesman, Chief Bobby Nash, said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. At least four people were evacuated from the platform, about 25 miles off the coast of Louisiana near Grand Isle, and taken to a hospital.
September 4, 2010 |
Louisianans expressed relief Friday that another offshore tragedy had been averted: A second oil facility that caught fire this week did not cause a leak, and no one was hurt. But many here were also worried that Thursday's production-platform blaze dealt a public relations blow to an industry that is crucial to the regional economy and is still reeling from the April 20 blowout of the Deepwater Horizon rig. When she first heard about the fire, New Orleans legal assistant Terri Heimel said to herself, "Oh God, how could this happen again?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 2008 |
Cleanup crews in the Santa Barbara Channel on Monday mopped up an oil slick a mile-and-a-half long and 200 feet wide -- a comparatively small leak from the same drilling platform where a 1969 oil disaster triggered the modern environmental movement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2008 |
With their maze of aging pipes and narrow catwalks high above the Persian Gulf, they look like something out of "Waterworld," Kevin Costner's post-apocalyptic vision of the future. Their names too seem lifted from a sci-fi flick: ABOT and KAAOT. But the two Iraqi oil platforms 20 miles off the port of Umm al Qasr are considered tempting targets for terrorists thirsting to traumatize the world's oil supply and short-circuit Iraq's march to self-sufficiency.