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    Five-day search for Lake Pontchartrain oilfield worker ends with body's discovery

    The five-day search for Timothy Morrison, an oilfield worker who disappeared when a storage platform exploded while his crew was cleaning it in Lake Pontchartrain, ended Friday afternoon (Oct. 20) with the discovery of his body about three miles west of the structure. A Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office helicopter spotted the body on the shoreline near the Jefferson-St. Charles Parish border just after 1 p.m., and authorities recovered it for an autopsy, Jefferson Sheriff Joe Lopinto said.

    Timothy Morrison 44 of Katy Texas whose body was found Friday after an oil platform explosion in Lake Pontchartrain is shown with his wife and children.Morrison was one of eight men who were cleaning the Clovelly Oil Co. platform about 1 and 1/2 miles northwest of Kenner's Williams Boulevard boat launch when the explosion occurred Sunday night. The cause has not been determined. The other seven men, all injured, made it to a crew boat and returned to shore.

    Morrison, 44, and his wife, Erika, had three children: John Patrick, Adriana and Katherine. The family lives in Katy, Texas, a Houston suburb. A memorial service is scheduled Sunday in Athens, Texas, where Morrison has relatives.

    "I have spoken with numerous members of the family and let them know of the recovery efforts," Lopinto said. "Obviously they're upset, but on the other hand they're glad...


    Oilfield Worker Critically Injured In Gas Wellhead Explosion Tuesday Morning

    Josh White, 26, of Canadian, was critically injured in an explosion at a wellhead on a LeNorman location about 15 miles south of town Tuesday morning. White was flown from the location by LifeStar helicopter to Lubbock’s University Medical Center, where at last report, he was being evaluated by surgeons.

    Josh White 26 of Canadian was critically injured in an explosion at a wellhead on a LeNorman location about 15 miles south of town Tuesday morningThe accident occurred around 8 am on the Madeline 55-261 2H wellhead, located south of SH 33 on CR 14. A fracking crew for Cudd Energy Services had been working north of the location for several days, during which time, wells at nearby locations were shut in to help build up pressure. White, an employee of Canadian Contract Pumping, Inc., had been sent to the wellhead to open a valve and release the pressure. In the process, an explosion occurred.

    According to Hemphill County Sheriff Nathan Lewis, a Cudd crew witnessed the gas explosion from a nearby hill and rushed to the site, where they found White lying on the ground. Both his right arm and left leg were badly mangled, but were not severed, as reported earlier by Amarillo news media.

    Lewis said there was no fire, and that contrary to earlier reports, White had not been burned, though one side of his head was singed from the...


    Search Called Off For Missing Worker After Offshore Oil Platform Blast in Louisiana

    Coast Guard crews called off their search for a Texas man presumed dead after an offshore oil rig explosion in Louisiana, officials said Monday.

    A worker stands on the oil and gas platform that burned in Lake Pontchartrain on Sunday nightTimothy Morrison, of Katy, vanished Sunday night as the cleaning crew escaped the massive inferno at the Lake Pontchartrain oil platform.

    The thunderous blast shook homes in the New Orleans suburb of Kenner, more than a mile and a half away. There, onlookers could see flames and black smoke pouring into the night sky.

    The 44-year-old subcontractor never made it to shore like seven of his colleagues did in a crew boat. At least five suffered critical burns from the fiery blast.

    One of the workers, Lawrence Dufrene, 45, of Marrero, remained in serious condition Monday, according to the Advocate newspaper.

    “The decision to suspend a search is never an easy one,” Commander Zac Ford said in a statement. “We send our thoughts and prayers to the Morrison family and all those affected by this incident.”

    The search crews sent the day combing the water by boat and air for signs of the missing worker.

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    Two Injured In Oil Tank Explosion Near Dilley, Texas

    Two oilfield workers were injured after an oil storage tank exploded at an oilfield near Dilley, Texas, according to La Salle County Sheriff's Office.

    Two oilfield workers were airlifted from the scene to San Antonio for treatmentEmergency responders were sent to Ledwig Ranch between Dilley and Millet in La Salle County around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday where LSCO said the site is operated by Carrizo Oil and Gas.

    When emergency crews arrived they found a number of upright oil storage tanks fully engulfed in flames. LSCSO said an oil tank battery had ignited and the cause unknown at the moment.

    Plumes of smoke could be seen in the sky all the way from Cotulla, according to reports.

    Firefighter surrounded the scene and remained on site to help extinguish the remaining fires and prevent the possible spread to the surrounding open areas.

    Two oilfield workers were airlifted from the scene to San Antonio for treatment to injuries sustained. There was no word on the severity of their injuries. LSCO said that oilfield workers are often airlifted for treatment when injuries are minor as it is the fastest mode of transportation.

    Source: WFAA


    Search For Missing Worker Continues After Oilfield Explosion In Louisiana

     A desperate search for a missing Louisiana worker has continued into Monday after an explosion occurred on a large oil rig Sunday night, authorities confirmed to ABC News.

    Jefferson Parish La. authorities and others from other parishes respond to an oil rig explosion in Lake Pontchartrain off Kenner La. Oct. 15 2017The Kenner Police Department said it fielded a flurry of 911 calls at 7:18 p.m. Sunday after witnesses heard a loud explosion and reported seeing a large fireball and cloud around Lake Pontchartrain, which is just north of New Orleans.

    Lt. Brian McGregor told ABC News that after their phones line lit up, boats were launched by Kenner Police Department and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries "within seconds." The crews assisted seven injured workers and transported another four stranded workers aboard the rig to shore, but one victim remains unaccounted for.

    "We wanted to get to those people," McGregor told ABC News. "I was there when the boat came in with seven people."

    The majority of victims suffered burn injuries, McGregor said.

    Five workers in critical condition were rushed to University Medical Center, a level 1 trauma center, and two others were taken to East Jefferson General Hospital. Michael Guillot, director of East Jefferson Emergency Medical Services, said the victims suffered "blast-type injuries and...


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