Feds place blame after platform explosion
NEW ORLEANS- An offshore company and contractors are blamed for an explosion on an oil platform that killed three workers last year.
The men were using a torch to cut pipes on the platform off the coast of Louisiana when pipes ignited. They were refurbishing the platform about 20 miles south of Grand Isle.
Federal regulators said storage tanks were not properly purged of flammable liquid before the crew was cleared to perform their work, a TV station in New Orleans reported Monday. Investigators believe gas vapors ignited and flames traveled to three storage tanks.
The men worked for Grand Isle Shipyard Inc., which was under contract with Texas-based Black Elk.