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Crews Lose Control of Gulf Natural Gas Well


Crews lost control of a natural gas well while drilling from a rig in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the U.S. government. The rig, located about 100 miles southwest of Lafayette, is operated by Metairie-based EnVen Energy Ventures. No injuries were reported, according to the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

 

Crews were drilling on the jack-up rig Rowan Louisiana when natural gas flowed out of the well, and they lost control. Production on the rig was shut-in, and some workers were evacuated as a precaution, according to a Bureau statement. Workers who remained onboard are attempting to shut-in the well. 

 

The flow of natural gas was later diverted overboard from the rig. No sheen was visible in the water, according to the Bureau statement.

 

A Coast Guard spokesman said a HU-25 Falcon helicopter was dispatched to assess the situation.

 

-Stephen Babcock




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