Just one day after the Department of Justice and BP announced a settlement on criminal charges and fines related to the fatal explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon drill rig in 2010, we're now getting reports of another tragic incident. An explosion and fire has claimed the lives of at least 2 workers on a platform operated by Black Elk Energy about 10 miles off the Louisiana coast. This is in Block 32 of the West Delta lease area (see map below). The water depth is about 60 feet. The fire has been extinguished. [UPDATE: ] Two other workers are reported missing, and four have been airlifted to the hospital. No oil spill has been reported. Black Elk says 28 workers were on the platform, but it was not producing any oil.
|Burning rig in West Delta Block 32. Photo by Pamela Garrie Kibodeaux/KATC. Source: ABC News.|
There's a cluster of platforms in this area. Here's a map showing platforms as orange dots. West Delta Block 32 is outlined in yellow. We're not sure exactly yet which of these platforms suffered the explosion:
|Map showing West Delta Block 32 (yellow box). Oil and gas platforms shown as orange dots.|