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Employee Killed On Offshore Platform In Gulf of Mexico

A Nabors Industries employee died on the job after suffering a fatal injury on an oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico, the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced Friday.

Nabors was contracted with Houston-based Whistler Energy II for a Gulf drilling project, said Whistler CEO Scott Frankel. When reached by phone, Robert Wichert, Whistler executive vice president and  chief operating officer, said there wasn’t any explosion involved. He and Frankel declined further comment, except to say Whistler is investigating the matter with the BSEE.

The federal bureau said there was no pollution or other injuries reported. Whistler’s drilling activities were suspended Friday pending BSEE review. There’s oil and gas production performed on a separate deck, so the BSEE said production was not halted.

Frankel would not identify the Nabors employee, citing the need to notify the worker’s family.

Nabors did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

As weather permits, BSEE said its inspectors and investigators will visit the location.

The fatality occurred in the Gulf on Whistler’s Green Canyon Block 18 leasing position on the GC 18, which is about 150 miles south of New Orleans