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Crews Readying Relief Well at Gulf Blowout Site

Relief is on the way to the burned and blown out natural gas rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The company responsible for the latest drilling debacle in the Gulf is getting set to drill a relief well that will permanently seal off the natural gas well that lost control last week. With the fire that once burned the Hercules 265 rig now extinguished, the feds approved a plan by Walter Oil and Gas to move the relief well into position.


A Tuesday blowout on the Hercules 265 drilling rig led to the uncontrolled flow of natural gas and fire. Eventually, the flow was stanched after sediment clogged the well. The flames later subsided, as no more gas was available to feed it. A slight sheen continued to be visible over the weekend around the rig, according to the feds.


The sediment that blocked up the flow on its own is not a permanent solution, according to the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. Once moved into position, the relief well will intercept the flow from the main well. Then, drilling fluid will be pumped into the main well through the relief well to permanently seal it off.


The rig that will drill the relief well was in position on Sunday, and crews were readying it for drilling, according to the Bureau.

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