Rig Fire off Grand Isle

Sounds like 2 died
Coast Guard officials said an oil rig exploded off the coast of Louisiana, killing at least two workers and sending four others to hospitals Friday. Two were believed to be missing.

Petty Officer Carlos Vega, a Coast Guard spokesman, told CBS News that the total number of people onboard the rig is not known but could be as many as 10 people.

The fire, which has not been put out, was the result of an oil rig explosion approximately 20 nautical miles southeast of Grand Isle, La., Vega said.

CBS Houston affiliate KHOU-TV reports two workers had died and another two were missing, according to the Coast Guard.

Four other injured workers were air-lifted to a hospital, Kirk Trascher, a spokesman for the rig’s owner, Black Elk Energy in Houston, told KHOU-TV.

A Louisiana parish official said the rig is not drilling at a deepwater site like the Macondo well that blew out in 2010. That blowout led to an explosion that killed 11 workers and led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts told CBS New Orleans affiliate WWL-TV that the platform is a shallow water platform in the Gulf of Mexico. It is near West Cote Blanche Bay, south of New Iberia on the south-central Louisiana coast.

The Coast Guard said it has activated a command center to investigate the fire.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally, another Coast Guard spokesman, did not immediately have information on the conditions of those taken to hospitals.

Lally says two helicopters, an airplane and small boats were sent to the area.

The platform is a production platform, unlike the Deepwater Horizon rig, which was drilling an exploratory well for oil giant BP in mile-deep water well to the east of Friday’s reported explosion.

Black Elk is an independent oil and gas company. The company’s website says it holds interests in properties in Texas and Louisiana waters, including 854 wells on 155 platforms.

I’ve worked in that area a lot, sad to hear that this happend. Funny how it happend the day after bp finaly settled though

AP story says explosion happened when they were cutting some pipe with a torch. The root cause will be no Hot Work Permit and no JSA. It’s sad these things keep happening we didn’t need another black eye.

Or pencil whipped JSEA…sign here and go to work.

All the JSAs in the World will not help if we don’t change our work ethics and safety attitude in our heads.

I was saddened to hear about it. If it happened as reported, then it was preventable. My thoughts are with all the rig hands and their families tonight.

The company men need to stop with all thease bs deadlins to get their fuckin bounus. Too manny time I’ve seen them sit in a office and push the crew to get onto the next deadline for their beniffit. No bonus now.

Saying a prayer for all those affected. God bless them.