Environment

Disaster in the Gulf Again as Oil and Gas Rig Explodes

So far at least two people have been confirmed dead and two more are missing.

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Yesterday BP was charged with manslaughter for the 2010 Gulf disaster and today two workers on a Black Elk Energy oil and gas rig off the coast of Louisiana are dead after an explosion. NBC has reported that two more workers are missing and four others in critical condition were flown to a hospital. 

Miguel Llanos and Elizabeth Chuck reported for NBC News:

The fire was later extinguished, the Coast Guard said. Twenty-eight people had been aboard the rig at the time of the accident.

The platform was not actively producing oil and officials don't believe there is a large chance Friday's incident could lead to a major environmental disaster, Coast Guard Capt. Peter Gautier said.

He said initial reports suggested that the explosion occurred when maintenance workers cut into a pipe and oil escaped.

We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.

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