Unmanned platform damaged just off La. coast; no injuries
NEW ORLEANS - A federal agency is investigating a report of damage to an unmanned offshore oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico, about five miles south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana.
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said the platform operated by Houston-based Energy XXI may have been struck by a vessel. A fire aboard the platform was extinguished by vessels in the area.
Gas bubbles were seen rising to the surface but the agency says there were no other signs of pollution. Production at the platform was shut down and there were no injuries.
The damage was reported about 4:30 a.m. Friday.
The bureau said it will work with the U.S. Coast Guard to investigate the accident.