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Oil Platform Fire; Lake Pontchartrain, LA

Lake Pontchartrain, LA | 2017-Oct-15

Initial Notification: On October 15, 2017, an oil platform in southwestern Lake Pontchartrain exploded and caught fire. Platform produces both natural gas and oil. Lines were shut in at time of explosion. Approximately 500 bbls of South Louisiana crude are in tanks on the platform. Unknown how much may have been consumed in the blaze. Sector New Orleans has requested a trajectory, and resources at risk. NWS New Orleans/Baton Rouge is running air plume modelling.

Incident Details
Primary threat:Oil
Products of concern:South Louisiana Crude Oil
Total amount at risk of spill: 500 barrels
Latitude (approximate): 30° 3.86′ North
Longitude (approximate): 90° 16.36′ West