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Missing Worker (& Cause) Revealed in Louisiana Rig Explosion

The rig explosion on Lake Pontchartrain (which has been reported both as an oil rig and a natural gas storage rig) has left one worker missing and at least 7 injured—three of them in critical condition. The identity of the missing worker has been revealed to be 44-year-old Timothy Morrison of Katy, TX.

Sheriff Lopinto of Jefferson Parish has vowed to search for Mr. Morrison for as long as it takes. He has reportedly spoken with Timothy Morrison’s family as of this morning. Current rescue efforts include 10 different missions covering 90 square miles.

Two of the critically injured workers are currently recovering from surgery, while a third is in the burn unit at Baton Rouge General Hospital. Four of the injured workers have been treated and released as of today. No other injured or missing workers have been reported.

Cause of the Explosion Revealed

While the investigation will be ongoing, the sheriff’s office has learned that Hydra Steam Generator Inc. was hired to clean pipes on the rig by Clovelly Oil Co. The explosion occurred during the cleaning, with some experts stating that the cleaning chemicals were part of the cause. ABC reports that a natural gas line ignited the cleaning chemicals, which led to the explosion.

Tuesday, Jefferson Parish fire department officials plan to inspect the rig more closely with specialized equipment. 

Our hearts go out to the family of these workers. Our firm hopes they get answers and help as quickly as possible.

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