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Louisiana Oil Rig Explosion

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A powerful explosion at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig has left seven workers injured and at least 11 missing. Though no fatalities have been reported, the U.S. Coast Guard has warned that could change. Our Louisiana oil rig explosion lawyers are already investigating this catastrophe, and are offering free consultations to victims of this tragedy.

While the true toll of the explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig is not yet known, it will likely be horrific. Our Louisiana oil rig explosion lawyers have represented hundreds of people whose lives were devastated because of similar industrial accidents. We are already working to make sure that the victims of this catastrophe are treated fairly.

If you or a member of your family were a victim of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, you may be entitled to compensation. We urge you to contact one of our Louisiana oil rig explosion lawyers right away to protect your legal rights.

Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Explosion

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig is located 41 miles off the coast of Louisiana, in an area known as the Mississippi Canyon. It is owned and operated by Transocean Ltd, and it is leased to BP Exploration & Production. According to various media reports, 126 workers were stationed there at the time of the explosion.

According to Transocean's website, Deepwater Horizon is 396 feet long and 256 feet wide. The rig was built in 2001 by Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard in South Korea. The site, known as the Macondo prospect, is in 5,000 feet of water.

The rig is designed to operate in water depths up to 8,000 feet and has a maximum drill depth of about 5.5 miles. It can accommodate a crew of up to 130.

The explosion at Deepwater Horizon occurred around 10:00 p.m. local time on April 20, 2010. It is not clear what caused the blast.

The fire continued to burn the following day, and it was not known when it would be extinguished. By Wednesday morning, the rig was listing about 10 degrees, and there were fears it could topple over.

The seven injured workers are listed in critical condition, with two suffering burns. The burn victims were taken to a burn unit in Mobile, Alabama. Other injured people were being flown to Belle Chasse, and then taken by ambulance to West Jefferson Hospital.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, as of 3:00 a.m. Wednesday, 115 workers were accounted for. It was thought that everyone was evacuated after the blast, but the Coast Guard was trying to confirm reports that people were missing. Four Coast Guard boats and a plane were involved in the search for the missing.

It is hoped the missing workers will be found in a life raft. A raft with people aboard was spotted around 2:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, but rescuers lost site of it.

The Coast Guard and the Minerals Management Service will work together to investigate possible causes of the accident. Coast Guard environmental teams were also on standby to assess any environmental damage once the fire is out.

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Nov 11, 2010 | Parker Waichman LLP
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Nov 10, 2010 | Parker Waichman LLP
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