Gallery: Black Elk Oil Rig Fire in the Gulf of Mexico Leaves One Dead, ...


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A blaze erupted Friday morning on the Black Elk Oil Rig about 20 miles off of Grand Isle, Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico leaving one worker dead, one missing and four seriously burned. But unlike the BP Macondo Well disaster in 2010, the Black Elk facility was not a drilling rig nor was it operating in deep water, diminishing the chances of grave environmental repercussions. According to Black Elk Energy, there has been no oil leak due to the fire.

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