New Orleans Times-Picayune – Coast Guard responds to Gulf of Mexico well accident
The Coast Guard and federal regulators were responding Tuesday to a “loss of well control event” at a natural gas and crude oil platform about 74 miles southwest of Port Fourchon.
According to site assessments, natural gas is flowing from a well in Ship Shoal Block 225, and a rainbow sheen is visible on the water’s surface, which both agencies estimated to be more than four miles wide by three-quarters of a mile long.
The Coast Guard and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement received a report earlier Tuesday from Talos Energy LLC, a Houston-based oil and gas company, that one of its oil and natural gas production platforms had lost well control. Work to temporarily plug the well was ongoing Tuesday evening, according to a Coast Guard official. . . .
It doesn’t seem related to this big quake story we posted because the map shows the quake further out in the Gulf. Wait. Maybe it IS related.
Thanks to Heather for the news tip – 😉
UPDATE, July 10
The Coast Guard statement says that slick is 4 miles x
3 miles 3/4 mi. in size. (sorry for error about size!)
We are still comparing the recent earthquake with this oil/gas rig disaster. Our post about the Gulf of Mexico quake on July 7. We will get the rig disaster coördinates soon. The NBC story graphic at the top is a map showing weather. The red arrow doesn’t point to the rig site.
July 8 at 2:59 a.m. UTC = July 7 at 9:59 p.m. CST, Louisiana time.
|LAT: 24.9375 N – LONG: 85.4437 W|
We took the earthquake map from ANF and put a copy of the map (darker) of the leaking rig location from RSOE over it to see where they are:
From RSOE – Lat. N 28. 11.400 – LONG. W 90. 12.000
Rigzone says it is close to shore.
A big map page from Free Association. A close up section map from them (we labeled):
– – art taken from this map
More news stories-
Musical chairs at Bureau of Environmental Safety and Enforcement – just when this accident happens – hmmm . . . .
my, my, my . . . . “Bureau of Environmental Safety and Enforcement (BSEE) James A. Watson will resign from BSEE and join maritime classification society ABS Sept. 2 as president and chief operating officer of its Americas division.
Watson will replace Robert Gilman, who will move to the ABS Group of Companies as senior vice president of technical inspection services within the ABS affiliated company, Houston-based ABS reported Tuesday.
In his new role at ABS, Watson will oversee activity in North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. He will be based at the Division’s headquarters in Houston.”
Talos Energy – Statement with Respect to Ship Shoal 225 B-2 Well Incident
“Complete loss of well control occurs when all of the safety barriers, for one reason or another, have failed to hold back the pressurized flow of hydrocarbons from an underground formation. Safety barriers include sufficiently weighted mud, a blowout preventer, a downhole cement plug, or a production tree.”
sub-headline: Operator expects to plug well within 24 hours but… “A U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said it did not have an immediate comment on Talos’ plans to plug the leak.”
UPI – about the same story as Reuters.
And in this area full of oil rigs, blobs of leaked oil and sheen the USAF evidently does live ammo dogfighting! Unmanned drone crashes in Gulf
Oil stiill Flowing: Crews work to stop natural gas leak in Gulf of Mexico
“Workers are pumping mud into a well in the Gulf of Mexico, south of Louisiana, to try to stop a natural gas leak that is also leaving a sheen on top of the water, federal officials said Wednesday.
The wellhead is about 70 feet above the ocean’s surface . . . “
Insurance Journal – Well Leaks Natural Gas in Gulf Off Louisiana Coast
“For much of the day, they were waiting for proof that gas at the platform the well serves had dropped to safe levels so that workers could board the facility. In the meantime, federal regulators and well control specialists waited at a neighboring platform.
“All the equipment necessary to do it is on site,” said David Blackmon, a spokesman for Energy Resource Technology, a newly acquired subsidiary of Houston-based Talos Energy.”
On Wings of Care flies over the disaster!
WAFB – Company seals leak at gas well off Louisiana coast – “The well did not suffer a blowout, and there was no explosion.” says company. uh-huh
July 16 [No news for a few days except industry-written puff pieces]
BSEE confirms well sealed with temporary plug in gulf – umm humm – and this appears in print at the same time: Study identifies source of oil sheens near Deepwater Horizon oil spill site
“. . . the lack of recent observations of slicks in the area, either by aerial overflight or on satellite images, gives us some confidence that there is no continual leak coming from the well(s) or the seafloor”
SEE ALSO – Map Showing the 7-7 Quake, the Landslide and Ship Shoal oil leak
Great PHOTOS > Company Seals Gas Well Leak off Louisiana Coast
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