Gas Leak Stopped at Gulf Rig

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 @ 03:02 PM gHale

Flowing natural gas, water and sand stopped at a drilling rig off Louisiana’s coast, an operator and federal regulators said.

The flow stopped about 7 p.m. Friday, a little more than 2 hours after EnVen Energy Ventures LLC began pumping heavy drilling mud into the well, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said in a news release.

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The flow began about 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

EnVen, of suburban Metairie, LA, said they are closely monitoring the well and the company is working with regulators to find out what caused it and how to safely resume drilling.

Crews were still working to set up barriers to any further natural gas flow, BSEE said.

There were no injuries or pollution reported. In addition, an oil and gas production platform near the EnVen rig shut down as a precaution.

Wild gas wells tend to be less of an environmental threat than blowouts from oil wells.

The EnVen rig is in relatively shallow waters, where measures to control a leak or blowout are easier to manage than in deep waters.

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