Wednesday, June 19 2013 1:31 PM EDT2013-06-19 17:31:19 GMT
Several companies are recalling baby bath seats due to safety reasons. The bath seats fail to meet federal safety standards, including the requirements for stability. Specifically, the bath seats canFull Story >
Several companies are recalling baby bath seats due to safety reasons.Full Story >
A 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged with second degree murder after his 5-year-old sister died Sunday. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Detectives say the boy admitted to practicing "WWE" moves on theFull Story >
A teen boy was arrested and charged with murder after his younger sister died. Detectives say he admitted practicing "WWE" moves on her, even after she said she was in pain.Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:44 PM EDT2013-06-19 16:44:38 GMT
Sixty-four of 155 women will advance to the first round of The Women's Amateur Public Links (WAPL) Championship in Norman, OK on Wednesday, June 19. Among the women is Sarah Kellam, a recent high schoolFull Story >
Sixty-four of 155 women will advance to the first round of The Women's Amateur Public Links (WAPL) Championship in Norman, OK on Wednesday, June 19. Among the women is Sarah Kellam, a recent high school graduate from Crittenden, KY.Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:44 PM EDT2013-06-19 16:44:01 GMT
In light of recent school violence, the Warren County Police Chiefs Association formed a multi-jurisdictional training team to provide "Active Violence" training for every officer in Warren County. TheFull Story >
In light of recent school violence, the Warren County Police Chiefs Association formed a multi-jurisdictional training team to provide "Active Violence" training for every officer in Warren County.Full Story >
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The U.S. Coast Guard in New Orleans confirms there was an offshore platform explosion in the Gulf of Mexico that happened around 9:15 a.m. Friday. It is believed to be off the coast of Grand Isle in Federal Waters. Capt. Ed Cubanski with the U.S. Coast Guard says contrary to previous reports there have been no confirmed deaths from the explosion.
The platform is a production facility. There were 22 people on the platform at the time of the explosion. Two people are reported missing, 11 were initially airlifted to local hospitals, and nine were uninjured during the explosion.
Officials say crews from other oil rigs were helping to evacuate the people on the platform, and hopefully the two missing people are with another crew. The search for them continues.
For anyone concerned about a family member who may have been on the oil platform, call 281-779-8459
A hospital spokesperson says two of the critically injured were airlifted to the Baton Rouge General-Mid City Burn Center from a hospital in Marrero, LA. Two are still en route to Baton Rouge from the hospital in Marrero, LA via ambulance. The hospital says the two that are already at the Baton Rouge hospital are in critical condition with major burns. There is no word on the other two victims.
The Coast Guard activated a "command center" in Houma, LA to investigate the incident. A cleanup crew been dispatched to handle any possible pollution. Capt. Cubanski says there is an oil sheen that is about one half mile by 200 yards.
A Coast Guard crew out of Morgan City, LA will help lead the investigation into the accident itself. They say it's still too early to get an exact pinpoint on how the accident will impact the environment.
John Hoffman, the CEO of Black Elk says "It's very tough. We're almost like family and when something like this happens, it tears at our hearts." Hoffman says their thoughts are with the victims and their families. "It's a horrible day but we are going to hold together. First and foremost we have to take care of those who were involved."
The U.S. Coast Guard says the platform was "shut-in" meaning production had been stopped so crews could perform repairs.
Workers were using a torch to cut a 3-inch line that was 75-feet long when the explosion happened. There was about 28 gallons of product in that line. The fire is out and there is no oil believed to be leaking into the Gulf of Mexico. A Congressional source says the Gulf oil rig fire caused by an acetylene torch cutting an oil line.
An official said the platform in question is a shallow water platform located in West Delta Block 32 in the Gulf of Mexico, about 25 miles southeast of Grand Isle, south of New Iberia on the south-central Louisiana coast.
Plaquemines Port Authority was immediately notified by the Coast Guard and are on stand-by in Venice to support the Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard is on the scene with multiple boats and aircrafts. Three commercial vessels are also on scene.
ES&H clean-up has been dispatched to handle any possible pollution. They have set up their command center in Houma.
Black Elk Energy, a Houston-based company, has a platform in that area, but it is unknown if that company owns the one that had the explosion. Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations, LLC, announced in October that drilling and major rig work on the first of the 23 wells started in November.
The preliminary report says a worker was cutting a pipe that had oil in it and it ignited. The fire has been extinguished. The preliminary report also states an oil sheen can be seen in the water. Sources say the structure of the platform is intact with no structural damage from the explosion.
WWL-TV found several safety blemishes on Black Elk Energy's record. In the past 4 years, there have been 74 reported minor oil incidents, two federally-investigated accidents, and last September, the company was fined $307,000 for a gas leak on a platform.
Professor Eric Smith of Tulane's Energy Institute says the platform that caught fire Friday has changed hands several times in recent years and that, combined with its advanced age, can lead operators to compromise on safety.
"As you get older platforms, more marginal production, in new company hands...people start worrying a lot more about the bottom line," said Smith.
The CEO of Black Elk, the owner of the platform, once worked for BP Oil. He started his own company in 2007.
Thursday, BP agreed to pay $4.5 billion in a settlement to the U.S. Government for the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. The Federal Government says much of that money will be used to restore the environment in the Gulf Coast Region.
About Black Elk Energy
Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations, LLC is an independent oil and gas company headquartered in Houston, Texas.
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:17 AM EDT2013-06-19 10:17:41 GMT
New this morning from Colerain Township - D'schon Powell is facing robbery and resisteing arrest charges in Colerain Township after he knocked down a store security loss prevention officer who was questioningFull Story >
A man is facing robbery and resisting arrest charges in Colerain Township after he allegedly knocked down a store security loss prevention officer who was questioning him about some items in a bag. Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:51 AM EDT2013-06-19 15:51:38 GMT
Police are in the 2400 block of Canterbury Avenue in Golf Manor investigating the report of two people shot. Few details are available at this time but canine units and an ambulance are on the scene. FOX19Full Story >
Hamilton County Sheriff's deputies and Golf Manor Police are investigating a shooting in the 2400 block of Canterbury in Golf Manor. Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:20 AM EDT2013-06-19 10:20:38 GMT
Companies from throughout the tri-state area will be looking to fill more than 3,500 job openings during a career fair at the Radisson Hotel in Covington. The event is Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ThereFull Story >
Companies from throughout the tri-state area will be looking to fill more than 3,500 job openings during a career fair at the Radisson Hotel in Covington.Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 7:13 AM EDT2013-06-19 11:13:50 GMT
The Cincinnati Zoo will be taking a variety of animals to Great American Ballpark for Zoo Night on Wednesday, June 19 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Fans will be able to meet face-to-face with one-of-a-kindFull Story >
The Cincinnati Zoo will be taking a variety of animals to Great American Ballpark for Zoo Night on Wednesday, June 19 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.Full Story >
Tuesday, June 18 2013 10:34 PM EDT2013-06-19 02:34:44 GMT
Four people have charged for holding a mother and her child captive for years. Jordie Callahan, Jessica Hunt, Daniel J. Brown and a fourth person are accused of engaging in human trafficking. AccordingFull Story >
Four people have been arrested for holding a mother and her child captive for years in Ashland.
According to the charges, the suspects used beatings, threats of death and threats of attacks from pit bulls and large snakes to hold a woman and her child against their will for two years.Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 7:31 AM EDT2013-06-19 11:31:59 GMT
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is urging Ohio to scrap a plan that could put a highway through a beloved 80-acre wooded area that residents of the village of Mariemont use for hiking andFull Story >
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is urging Ohio to scrap a plan that could put a highway through a beloved 80-acre wooded area that residents of the village of Mariemont use for hiking and gardening.Full Story >
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 13:23:30 GMT
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her. Jayden Sink raised nearly $200 on Friday while she sold lemonadeFull Story >
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her.Full Story >
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