TV: Oil sheen could be seen on water near platform in Gulf — 2 workers reported dead, 2 more missing, 3 at hospital with critical injuries (VIDEO)

Published: November 16th, 2012 at 12:31 pm ET
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UPDATE: ABC: 15 people may be missing from platform in Gulf -- "Oil sheen has spread over more than a 2-mile area" (VIDEO)

WDAM. 12:30p ET:

Kirk Trascher, Black Elk asset manager, told WAFB they “cannot confirm or deny anything at this time.” “We are assembling an incident command team right now,” Trascher said. Reports indicated an oil sheen could be seen on the water. But [USCG Capt. Peter Gautier] said it was not “a major oil spill response,” according to WWL.

WDSU, 12:03p ET:

  • The men were being treated at West Jefferson Medical Center — three are suffering from critical injuries, spokeswoman Taslin Alfonzo told WDSU.
  • Two people were confirmed dead and two more are reported to be missing, according to CNBC.

NBC: The owner of the platform is Houston-based Black Elk Energy. On its website, the company stated that this month it was starting to drill the first of 23 new wells in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Published: November 16th, 2012 at 12:31 pm ET
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