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2015 Offshore Oil Rig Explosions: The Year in Review

As 2015 draws to a close, it’s a good time to review. Unfortunately, when it comes to offshore oil rig explosions, this can be sobering. Two major offshore oil rig accidents occurred in 2015: The Petrobras oil rig explosion off the coast of Brazil and the Pemex platform fire and explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. As a result of these accidents, five oil rig workers were killed and as many as 45 were injured.

Petrobras FPSO Explosion Brazil, February

On February 11, 2015, a gas leak in the engine room of an oil platform located off of the coast of Brazil caused an explosion. The oil rig was operated by Petrobras. As a result of the explosion, three people were killed.

Pemex Platform Fire Gulf of Mexico, April

On April 1, 2015, an incident occurred on the Abkatun Permanent Platform, which is located in the Gulf of Mexico in the Campeche Sound, close to the coasts of Campeche and Tabasco. A fire in the dewatering and pumping zone of the platform caused an explosion. At least 300 workers were evacuated from the platform. Even with the evacuation, early reports stated that 16 oil rig workers were injured, with 2 in serious condition, and 4 oil rig workers were killed. Later reports from the emergency services department in Ciudad del Carmen said that the number of individuals injured was 45. The oil platform was owned by the Mexico state-run petroleum company Pemex.

Oil Rig Accidents On Land

Several oil rig explosions occurred on land as well, including an oil well explosion in the Eagle Ford shale near Karnes City, Texas. On May 19, 2015, an Eagle Ford shale oil well close to Karnes City, Texas exploded. The blast occurred close to the Highway 343 and Highway 792 intersection, at a well that was being operated by Encana Corporation. Over 20 area homes were evacuated as a precaution, and the Karnes County Sheriff’s Department closed Highway 92. No injuries were reported. In another oil rig accident that occurred in 2015, three workers lost their lives in an explosion at an oil rig owned by Parsley Energy. This rig was located in West Texas.

Contact Our Offshore Lawyers for Information

Our team at Arnold & Itkin remains dedicated to representing the victims of offshore oil rig accidents. Don’t hesitate to contact our office in order to learn more about what we do or to receive a free review of your case. Over the past five years alone, we have recovered $1 billion for our clients in verdicts and settlements. Whatever 2016 brings, we are ready for it. Contact our office if you or someone close to you was injured in an oil rig accident at an offshore or on land location.

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