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Tugboat Collides with Gas Pipeline, Fire Ignites

In New Orleans yesterday, a tug boat pushing an oil barge collided with a gas pipeline causing a large fire to ignite. Reports claim that this specific pipeline was owned by Chevron and it contained a liquefied petroleum gas within. In response to the incident, Chevron isolated the fire and claims that the remaining gas within the pipeline was safe to burn itself out. The pipeline is reported to have spent hours burning after the tugboat crash, and though the pipeline was severely affected by the collision, the barge is said to not have suffered from any damage nor is it spilling oil.

Unfortunately as a result of this incident, the Coast Guard Commander Russ Bowen claims they have noticed traces of oil sheen spread over a mile wide area surrounding the site, Bayou Perot. This location is just 30 miles off of the New Orleans coast, and due to the area being very minimally populated there was no need for evacuations to be made after the fire. This incident did not come without a price, however. Reports claim that there were four victims aboard the tugboat who were injured as a result of the collision last night, and one of them is said to be suffering severely while the other three are minor injuries.

Offshore injuries are very common for those who work in the oil industry, and as a result maritime attorneys at Arnold & Itkin have dedicated their life to helping those who have been wrongfully injured while on the job. We understand that while these occupations can be dangerous, it is the responsibility of the employers and company owners to make sure that their workers are in a safe environment. Maritime injuries can vary in severity and can result in hospitalization, long-term rehabilitation, complications down the road physically and emotionally, vocational rehabilitation as well as lost income and earning capacity. Because of this, it is essential to contact an attorney who can help you fight for the compensation you deserve after an offshore injury, so that in the event you are never able to return to work you and your family will be well cared for.

If you or a loved one have been injured while on the job offshore, please do not wait another moment before contacting our firm for the experienced Houston offshore injury lawyer that you deserve on your side. Due to the high levels of danger in this industry, it is not uncommon for these disasters to have fatal results; and if this is the case for a loved one our team will help you file a wrongful death claim to seek recovery for your loss and future loss financially. With years of experience and success under our belts, Arnold & Itkin LLP is confident that we will do our best to offer you the legal representation you deserve. Contact us today for more information.