Fire out at oil and gas platform; no pollution

A production platform exploded in Lake Pontchartrain

A Coast Guard helicopter, along with Coast Guard vessels and boats from local agencies, continued looking for the missing worker.

The U.S. Coast Guard resumed its search for one missing worker after an oil rig exploded in Louisiana Sunday night leaving three in critical condition. Seven people were rescued and rushed to hospitals Sunday night.

Clovelly said it wasn't sure if any oil had been released into Lake Pontchartrain.

Spokesman Tim O'Leary said the platform is a collection point for oil and gas from several wells. He said the department's current goal is to stop oil flow and, if needed, let it burn off safely. A natural gas fire was still burning early Monday, but 95% of the structure had been searched by midday.

The Coast Guard will be conducting a water quality evaluation as well as the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.

The victims taken to the University Medical Center were taken to the trauma unit for injuries ranging from burns to "blasts" and the other two victims taken to the East Jefferson General Hospital are in stable condition, according to EMS.

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Jefferson Parish's water supply comes from the Mississippi River and no drinking water comes from Lake Pontchartrain, Yenni said. Authorities say there has been no reports of building damage on shore.

Officials say the platform is about a mile and a half from the Kenner Boat Launch.

What caused the blast is unclear, but fire investigators are looking at the possibility of a combination of chemicals that may have ignited on the platform and led to the explosion.

The rig is operated by CLOVELLY Oil, The New Orleans Advocate.

Lopinto said there does not appear to be an environmental impact at this time is also known at this time.

The Deputy head of the administration of Jefferson parish also reported that the incident injured seven people.

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