On the afternoon of Thursday, November 21, the Fieldwood Energy's Echo Platform in the Gulf of Mexico exploded. The blast occurred at approximately 3 p.m. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has gone on to say that any damage from the explosion has since been contained and that there is currently no evidence to show that any oil has spilled into the ocean.
The platform was in the West Delta field which is roughly 12 miles off the coast of Louisiana; however, it was not in production at the time of the incident. One employee sustained fatal injuries from the blast and another was severely injured. The three injured employees were taken to land for medical treatment.
Fieldwood Energy said the following in a released statement, "This was an isolated incident that has been fully contained. We currently are working hand-in-hand with emergency response personnel and will provide further updates once we learn additional information. In the interim, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased and injured contractor employees."
Fieldwood Energy is an oil and gas operator from Houston. The incident is being investigated by officials of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard.