Following deadly Gulf blast, survivors released from hospital
VENICE- A platform exploded in the Gulf of Mexico Thursday afternoon, killing a worker federal regulatory officials said hours after the explosion.
Fieldwood Energy reported the incident at its Echo Platform around 3 p.m. Fieldwood is an offshore oil and gas operator. The platform was located in an area called West Delta, southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River.
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is responding to the explosion.
One person died and three others were injured. The injured were treated at West Jefferson Medical Center and released shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday.
The platform was not in production at the time of the explosion, BSEE said. Damage was limited to the explosion area and there was no pollution.
The Coast Guard is responding.
Check back for updates.
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