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  1. #1
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    Jun 2010

    LA - Three killed in offshore oil platform explosion off Grand Isle, 16 Nov 2012

    An oil and gas rig off the coast of Louisiana was hit by an explosion and fire this morning, leaving crew members missing.

    The U.S. Coast Guard confirmed that a Black Elk Energy Co. oil and natural gas platform had some sort of explosion occur in the gulf, sending plumes of black smoke into the sky over the water.

    Two people are missing and "probably overboard," according to Coast Guard spokesman Carlos Vega.

    Four people aboard the platform were airlifted for medical treatment.
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  2. #2
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    Jun 2010
    GARLAND, Texas - An explosion and fire have erupted at the Ashland, Inc. chemical plant in Garland.

    Read more: http://www.myfoxdfw.com/story/201211...#ixzz2CQUpmYy1
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  3. #3
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    Aug 2010
    New England
    Good grief. Are these two things thought to be related?!

    Sad about the loss of life, and sad about the damage to our earth that is probably happening because of the explosion/smoke/fumes, etc.
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  4. #4
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    Apr 2013
    From November:


    Justice Department officials say in a statement that a grand jury has indicted two companies on involuntary manslaughter charges and three people with other criminal charges stemming from a deadly 2012 explosion and fire on an oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

    A third company also faces criminal charges related to the explosion...

    The 2012 blast off Louisiana's coast killed three workers and injured several others. The three welders who died worked for Grand Isle Shipyard. They were Avelino Tajonera, 49; Ellroy Corporal, 42; and Jerome Malagapo, 28.
    From last month:


    U.S. District Judge Jane Triche-Milazzo in Louisiana set the trial date for the case against Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC and others for Jan. 17, 2017. The trial is expected to last for four weeks...

    In a November statement responding to the charges, Wood Group PSN noted it was one of six contractors working on the platform when the incident occurred. The company also said it was not notified that "hot work" was going to occur at the particular unit on the day of the incident and "would have taken appropriate action to isolate the unit as our safety policies and procedures dictate."

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