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Eight injured after explosion at Louisiana power plant

19 August 2016

On August 18, a gas pipeline explosion at Entergy's Michoud facility in New Orleans injured eight, one of them seriously, authorities said. The explosion occurred when construction equipment struck a 20-inch gas line at the plant, which is in the process of being dismantled. The seriously injured man, an Entergy employee, was airlifted to hospital after having been dug out of a hole 10 feet deep.

Seven other Entergy workers were treated for minor to moderate injuries. One was treated and released on the scene, with the other six taken to the hospital, a Fire Department spokesman said.

"The power generating plant at Michoud was recently decommissioned, and the workers were involved in the process of removing equipment from service," an Entergy spokesperson said.

According to Entergy, no gas or electricity services were interrupted by the accident.

Before its deactivation in June, the Michoud power plant needed 10 million gallons of water daily, which is thought to be responsible for widespread local subsidence, according to reports released by UCLA, LSU and NASA.

Entergy New Orleans has proposed building a $216 million natural gas-burning power plant to replace the shut power plant, which it says will use much less water than the old plant.


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