Title: Two Missing in Gulf Fire
Source: Associated Press
Author: BEN LEFEBVRE, ALISON SIDER and DANIEL GILBERT
Date: November 16, 2012, 8:30 p.m. ET
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Federal officials continued searching the darkened waters of the Gulf of Mexico for two workers missing after an explosion and fire early Friday on an oil-and-gas platform.
Rescuers found two pairs of work boots and a hard hat floating in the water within a few miles of the platform, according to Commander Russ Bowen, who is coordinating the search and rescue mission for the U.S. Coast Guard. He said a witness reported seeing at least one of the men overboard.
[...] the accident left a thin film of oil floating in the shallow waters of the Gulf.
[...] “There is not believed to be any chance of major lasting environmental damage,” [Phyllis Darensbourg, a spokeswoman for the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources] said.
Black Elk Energy Chief Executive John Hoffman told reporters at the company’s Houston headquarters that the reason for the explosion is still unclear; early reports indicated that workers had been using cold-cutting tools to cut a pipe and may have switched to using a torch, sparks from which may have ignited two oil-storage tanks. If that turns out to have been the case, it means workers weren’t following proper procedure, Mr. Hoffman said, adding that an eyewitness reported that there had been two explosions. [...]
Published: November 17th, 2012 at 5:15 am ET