UPDATE: Natural Gas Well Blowout Sparks Gulf Of Mexico Fire

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A federal official has confirmed that a fire has broken out on a blown-out Gulf of Mexico gas well.

Eileen Angelico of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement confirmed to The Associated Press that the evacuated rig caught fire late Tuesday. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The drilling rig involved was evacuated early Tuesday when the blowout occurred.

Angelico says it wasn't immediately clear what caused the gas to ignite. And it wasn't known what efforts to extinguish the blaze were being made early Wednesday.

Personnel with Wild Well Control Inc. were at the site to assess how and when to try to bring the well under control.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Authorities have restricted air and nautical traffic around the site of a natural gas well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.

Forty-seven workers on a drilling rig were evacuated after the well, located 55 miles off the Louisiana coast, blew wild Tuesday morning. No injuries were reported and there was no fire as of Tuesday afternoon. It remained unclear how or when the well would be shut down.

The Coast Guard said it was keeping nautical traffic out of an area within 500 meters of the site. The Federal Aviation Administration restricted aircraft up to 2,000 feet above the area.

A federal agency said Tuesday's blowout occurred on a rig drilling what is known as a "sidetrack well" near an unmanned platform that was not currently producing natural gas.


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