Oil Rig Explosion in Gulf Coast
An oil and gas rig operated by Black Elk Energy Co. in the Gulf of Mexico, off the Louisiana coast line, exploded into flames on November 16, 2012. The incident occurred during what the Louisiana governor’s office described as a maintenance operation, and reports indicate that no oil has so far been spilled into the Gulf as a result of the incident.
According to early reports from KHOU-TV, four people who were on the platform at the time of the explosion had to be airlifted off the rig for treatment and two remain missing following the accident. Additionally, some sources have reported that there were two deaths, but the Coast Guard has not been able to confirm this. No further details have been provided at this time, as an investigation of the cause of the accident and extent of damages has yet to be concluded.
It is our sincere hope that those who did suffer injury will make a full recovery. Our thoughts go out to the victims of this incident and their families.