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Blowout at Natural Gas Rig in Gulf


Updated 1:40 p.m.

A natural gas rig had a blowout in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday morning, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The blowout occurred about 9:30 a.m., about 55 miles offshore, south of Grand Isle, according to the feds. Forty seven workers were evacuated from the rig safely, Colclough said.

 

The rig, which is in 154 ft. of water, is owned by Hercules Offshore, Colclough said. Walter Oil and Gas was completing work on a sidetrack well that prepared the well for production, according to the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. The crew lost control of the well at some point during the work.

 

Bureau inspectors on an overflight reported a light sheen about a half-mile by 50 ft. in size. The sheen is dissipating "almost immediately,' according to a Bureau news release.

 

The Coast Guard dispatched a cutter and two aircraft to the scene.

 

A blowout occurs when pressure control systems fail in a well, and can result in the uncontrolled release of natural gas. Colclough said the Coast Guard had no report on any gas that might be leaking, or whether there is a fire at the rig.

 

The incident comes two weeks after a loss of well control at a separate natural gas platform off the coast of Plaquemines Parish. That incident created a four mile sheen in the Gulf, and released about 10 barrels of natural gas.

 

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