Coast Guard: Oil platform experiences blow out in Gulf southwest of Grand Isle

Coast Guard: Oil platform experiences blow out in Gulf southwest of Grand Isle
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POSTED: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 10:02am

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 3:36pm

A Gulf of Mexico drilling platform experienced a blowout Tuesday and 44 workers were evacuated..

The blowout happened about 9:50 a.m. on Hercules Platform No. 265, which is located about 40 miles south and 10 to 15 miles west of Grand Isle, according to the Coast Guard.

Officials told WDSU that 44 people were evacuated on two life boats, and all are said to be OK.

An environmental assessment has not yet taken place. Initial reports indicated the platform was designed for oil exploration, but a Jefferson Parish official describes it as a natural gas platform.

They believe only natural gas is leaking at the site.

A Coast Guard cutter and two aircraft were en route to the platform to assess the situation.

Hercules Offshore operates shallow-water natural gas and oil drilling facilities. According to a company release, as of February 2012, it owned a fleet of 42 jackup rigs, 17 barge rigs, two submersible rigs and one platform rig.

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