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Oil rig on Lake Pontchartrain explodes near Kenner, several injured

Oil rig on Lake Pontchartrain explodes near Kenner, several injured”

A statement from Clovelly Oil said three oil wells near the platform were shut in at the time of the explosion and its one gas well was flowing, but was successfully shut-in shortly after the explosion.

On Sunday evening, October 15, in the US state of Louisiana, an explosion occurred on an oil drilling platform in lake Pontchartrain.

According to The Times-Picayune, Kenner Police spokesman Sgt. Brian McGregor said Sunday evening that rescue boats were being sent and officials with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office were assisting.

U.S. Coast Guard crews hoped to get a helicopter into the air as dawn broke Monday in their ongoing search for a man missing after an oil and gas platform explosion on a lake near New Orleans.

It is noted that the operator of the drilling platform is the company Clovelly Oil.

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"Authorities on the scene report that cleaning chemicals ignited on the surface of the oil rig platform", the City of Kenner Government posted on its Facebook page Sunday evening.

Officials have said the fire erupted Sunday night, burning natural gas that powers some of the platform's equipment.

'Several people have been rescued from the rig.

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.

But arson investigators will determine the cause of the explosion after the fire has burned out, reports WWL.

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The Deputy head of the administration of Jefferson parish also reported that the incident injured seven people. He said the department's current goal is to stop oil flow and, if needed, let it burn off safely.

Andrew Love, 32, told the newspaper he was inside his house about 10 blocks away when he heard the explosion.

Jefferson Parish's water supply comes from the Mississippi River and no drinking water comes from Lake Pontchartrain, Yenni said.

Lake Pontchartrain is north of New Orleans.

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