Chevron draining natural gas after worker death

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Authorities say that Chevron is still releasing natural gas from a pipeline off the Louisiana coast where a Saturday incident killed a maintenance worker.

Col. Mike Edmonson, the superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, said Sunday his agency and the U.S. Coast Guard intend to send a joint team to the platform Monday to start an investigation.

Because the accident occurred in state waters, the state is the lead investigative agency.

The body of the maintenance worker, who has not been identified, was released to the Vermillion Parish coroner for an autopsy. A deputy coroner says a name could be released later Sunday.

The Chevron platform is part of a natural gas gathering system and the pipeline was shut-in after the accident. The gas is being released to relieve pressure.

 

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