Fatal Oil Platform Accident Occurs South of New Orleans
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has reported a fatal accident occurred on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 150 miles south of New Orleans. According to one spokeswoman, the fatality occurred in Green Canyon Block 18, which is an area known for being abundant in oil fields.
Currently, BP, Anadarko Petroleum, and Shell all operate in that area.
The individual who died was employed by Nabors Industries and contracted with Whistler Energy II for a drilling project, according to Whistler's CEO. Whistler is a Houston-based, privately owned oil and gas company that was founded in 2012.
According to The Houston Chronicle, both Whistler's CEO and COO said no explosion was involved and that they were investigating the incident with the BSEE. In an issued statement, BSEE reported all drilling operations have since been suspended and will remain that way until the agency gives approval; however, production has continued from a separate deck. The spokeswoman did note that production had since slowed due to the inclement weather.
As soon as said weather permits, BSEE has stated inspectors and investigators will visit the platform. Per BSEE, investigators are "actively engaging with the operator and will investigate the incident.”
No other injuries or pollution have been reported.