2 dead, 2 missing after oil rig explosion in Gulf of Mexico

2 dead, 2 missing after oil rig explosion in Gulf of Mexico

Credit: Chelsea Gaudin

Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts says the platform in question is a shallow water platform located in West Delta Block 32 in the Gulf of Mexico.

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KHOU.com & Associated Press

Posted on November 16, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 16 at 11:57 AM

HOUSTON - A fire on an oil rig owned by a Houston-based energy company has left two workers dead and two more missing early Friday morning off the coast of Louisiana, the U.S. Coast Guard in New Orleans confirmed.

Four other injured workers were taken by air ambulance to a hospital in Jefferson Parish, La., said Kirk Trascher, a spokesman from Black Elk Energy.

There were no reports of oil spilled into the Gulf. The rig is located about 25 miles southeast of Grand Isle, La.

Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts said the platform in question is a shallow water platform located in West Delta Block 32 in the Gulf of Mexico.

A spokesman said the Coast Guard just activated a "command center" to investigate the incident.

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

The Coast Guard is expected to release additional details later this morning.

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