A worker on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico was has died after an accident in the West Cameron 215 Block off the coast of Louisiana. The as yet unidentified worker was injured while replacing fire-suppression equipment, at about 10.30 am, local time, on Saturday 17 February 2018, and subsequently died of those injuries on Tuesday 20 February. There are not thought to have been any other injuries in the incident, nor has any oil or other substance been released into the environment on the platform, which is operated by Energy Resource Technology, a Texas-based subsidiary of Talos Energy. The incident is being investigated by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.
The approximate location of the Energy Resource Technology operated platform where a worker died on 20 February 2018. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.
Energy Resource Technology last had a fatality on one of their platforms in October 2013, though the company was fined $4.2 million for breaches of offshore safety and environmental regulations in 2016, and placed on three years probation for felony charges relating to those breaches. Oil companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico are currently bound by strict environmental and safety regulations introduced in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, which killed eleven workers and led to a major environmental disaster. Incoming president Donald Trump promised to cut many of these regulations before his inauguration in January 2017, though he has yet to take any such action.
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