BAYOU SORREL — The cause of a fire on an oil production platform located in a swampy canal in Iberville Parish is under investigation after federal, state and local authorities spent the day Tuesday monitoring the blaze and implementing measures to prevent contamination of the surrounding body of water.
Local authorities were notified about 9:15 a.m. Tuesday that an oil tank on an isolated oil production platform in Berry Lake Canal in Bayou Sorrel had exploded while crews were in the process of dismantling the structure.
Officials with the U.S. Coast Guard said two people were on the platform at the time, but no injuries were reported.
The Coast Guard reported about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday that another storage tank also had caught fire.
Coast Guard officials reported the two storage tanks at the time of the blaze held no more than 33,000 gallons. The platform can hold a maximum of 420,000 gallons of crude oil, officials said.
Authorities spent the day monitoring the situation as they waited for the fires to burn out so they can begin clean up.
Personnel from the Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge, the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office, the state’s Department of Environmental Quality, Louisiana State Police and state’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries all responded to the scene throughout the day.
Local salvage, fire fighting and oil response contractors also were hired to respond to the incident, according to a news release.
Response crews deployed approximately 300 yards of containment boom across the canal entrance nearest the platform, the release states.
Coast Guard officials said they haven’t received any reports of leakage from the fire.
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