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One Person Still Missing Following Oil Rig Explosion in Louisiana

17 October 2017, 12:58 | Yvette Williams

Oil rig explodes in Kenner Courtesy Roger Fernandez

Oil rig explodes in Kenner  Courtesy Roger Fernandez

Seven people were injured, including three who were in critical condition, authorities said.

Huge Oil Rig #Explosion as Republicans continue to remove every regulation they can lay their hands on. He says three Clovelly employees and four other contract workers are in hospitals.

Police are not releasing the names of any of the victims at this time, but so far there are no reports of any fatalities.

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

The U.S. Coast Guard and other authorities were investigating the cause of the explosion, which was first was reported around 7:15 p.m. Sunday.

Clovelly Oil Co. owns the platform, said Taylor Darden, a lawyer for the company listed as its registered agent with the Louisiana Secretary of State. He said the department's current goal is to stop oil flow and, if needed, let it burn off safely.

Social media users reported hearing a loud noise that even rattled some homes.

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

Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni said the parish's drinking water was not affected by the incident because the water is drawn from the Mississippi River.

Officials say the platform is about a mile and a half from the Kenner Boat Launch.

Jefferson Parish officials tell Eyewitness News that the workers were cleaning chemicals aboard the platform but the cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Local authorities are performing a search and rescue for one person still unaccounted for after an oil rig explosion on Lake Pontchartrain.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Jefferson County Parish and St. Charles Parish also have marine units on scene assisting.



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