Oil rig on Lake Pontchartrain explodes near Kenner, several injured

BREAKING NEWS: One person missing and at least seven injured after oil rig explodes in a Louisiana lake

Rescue officials are rushing to an oil rig that exploded in Lake Ponchartrain Sunday night.

Search-and-rescue efforts were underway for one person who was working on the platform but was unaccounted for after the explosion, Lopinto said.

The Coast Guard told CBS New Orleans affiliate WWL-TV the missing person is a ma.

"We believe there's still one unaccounted for, although we're dealing with subcontractors and we're trying to get names of everybody to make sure", Lopinto said. A statement from the company said a natural gas well was feeding the tank at the time of the explosion, which occurred during maintenance. He said the department's current goal is to stop oil flow and, if needed, let it burn off safely.

The Coast Guard reported that a fire aboard the structure was out by midday and there were no signs of pollution visible from the air.

The Coast Guard will be conducting a water quality evaluation as well as the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.




Five workers were transported to University Medical Center with injuries ranging from burns to "blasts".

Two workers that were taken to the East Jefferson General Hospital and were later released. He says three Clovelly employees and four other contract workers are in hospitals.

At a Monday morning news conference, Jefferson Parrish Sheriff Joe Lopinto said the fire was still burning.

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

Officials say the platform is about a mile and a half from the Kenner Boat Launch. The cause of the incident is unknown. Arson investigators will determine the cause after the fire has burned out.

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.

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