Platform Repairs Lead to Tragic Accident in New Orleans
A worker was performing routine maintenance when a deadly accident occurred. The incident took place at a natural gas gathering system off the cost of New Orleans. Chevron believes that the accident was caused by a valve blowout out on the offshore platform. One worker was killed while two others suffered injuries.
Chevron stated that they currently have monitors on site and flying over the area regularly to gather more information for the investigation. The Louisiana State Police and the U.S. Coast Guard also sent a team together to state the investigation process.
Chevron Continues to Release Gas
Chevron Corp. was reportedly still releasing natural gas on Sunday from the pipeline where the maintenance worker lost his life. The pipeline was shut-in after the accident, so the company decided it would be best to let more gas go to relieve the pressure. This will also allow repairs to be performed in a safer setting. While some natural gas condensate was released into the water, it reportedly dissipated.
Coroner to Determine Cause of Death
The maintenance worker's body has been released to Vermillion Parish coroner for an official autopsy. Once the cause of death has been determined, investigators will be able to have more clarity on the accident.
The accident occurred around 11 a.m., but police were not called to the scene until 2 p.m. Officials have said that it is too early to tell if the delay is an issue, though it may lead to further questions once the investigation continues.