Coast Guard says no oil leaking from rig

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The Coast Guard says no oil is leaking from a Gulf of Mexico oil platform damaged by an explosion and fire today.

The blast took place as workers used a cutting torch. Four people were sent to a hospital with burns, and two others are missing in waters of Louisiana.

A small amount of oil spilled from the rig when workers cut into a line on the platform, but the Coast Guard says it can be contained.

Coast Guard aircraft and boats are searching for the two missing people.

The rig, a production platform owned by Black Elk Energy, is about 25 miles southeast of Grand Isle, La.

A parish official says the rig is not drilling at a deepwater site like the Macondo well that blew out in 2010. That blowout led to an explosion that killed 11 workers and led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. 

Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts tells WWL-TV that the platform is a shallow water platform in the Gulf of Mexico. It is near West Cote Blanche Bay, south of New Iberia on the south-central Louisiana coast.

The Coast Guard says it has activated a command center to investigate the fire.

Two helicopters, an airplane and small boats were sent to the area Friday morning.

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