Shut-in Well Under Control after Crash

Friday, March 1, 2013 @ 04:03 PM gHale

Houston-based Swift Energy Co. brought under control Thursday an outflow of water, oil and natural gas after a marine vessel collided with a shut-in well head Tuesday in the shallow waters of its Lake Washington field in Plaquemines Parish, LA.

Now that Swift achieved containment and a repair, the company will be able to determine any volumes leaked into the water.

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The well was leaking mostly water and a small amount of oil, according to Swift. State, federal and local authorities were on the scene to develop a plan to bring the well under control.

There were no injuries, and primary containment boom and oil skimming equipment ended up deployed around the well site to protect shorelines, facilities and private property. Additional containment and skimming equipment was also out to protect any nearby marshlands.

The well involved in the incident has been out of commission for five years and has not produced since that time, according to the statement. It is in the shallow water of the Lake Washington field.

Located in the northwest corner of Plaquemines Parish, Lake Washington field is an inland-water field.

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