PHL Embassy: No Pinoy Among Casualties in Oil Platform Blast in Gulf of Mexico

No Filipino was among those killed or injured in a recent explosion at an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, the Philippine Embassy in Washington said Saturday (PHL time).

The Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. said it and the Consulate General in Chicago had verified if Filipinos were among the lone fatality and three injured.

“There are no Filipinos among dead or injured in the latest Gulf of Mexico oil rig explosion,” it said.

Earlier, it said it was “checking if (the) lone fatality and three injured included Filipinos.”

Another tweet referred to a blog post that provided more details about the explosion at an offshore oil platform.

Initial information showed one worker was killed while three others were injured in the incident Thursday (US time).

Houston-based Fieldwood Energy said contractors with Turnkey Cleaning Services were cleaning a heater treater at the time of the incident. Heater treaters separate oil from water and other materials.

Fieldwood Energy stressed that the incident was “an isolated pressure event that occurred inside the heater treater and did not result in a fire on the platform.”

It added there was no oil spill or pollution from this incident “and it was contained immediately after it occurred with no damage to the environment, the platform or the platform’s wells.”

Fieldwood said three workers were injured, including one with visible injuries and two with ringing ears.

(Source: Joel Locsin /LBG, GMA News)

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