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2 Missing, 11 Injured in U.S. Gulf Platform Blast

An oil and gas platform exploded and caught fire off the coast of Louisiana on Friday, injuring 11, leaving two missing and resulting in a two-by-a-quarter mile oil sheen around the site, the U.S. Coast Guard said.Coast Guard spokesman Jonathan Lally said it is possible the two missing people went overboard, and several commercial vessels are participating in the search. Mr. Lally said there are "no confirmed fatalities," and the fire on the platform was extinguished.The platform is located in shallow water 25 miles off Grand Isle, La. in the offshore West Delta 32 block in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. It is owned by Black Elk Energy, an independent Houston-based oil and gas company. The company didn't reply to requests for comment.Mr. Lally said four people injured in the explosion were flown to the West Jefferson Parish Medical Center in Marrero, La. Taslin Alfonzo, a medical center spokeswoman, said the four patients were in critical condition; two are being moved to the Baton Rouge Gen...

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