Oil Rig in Gulf has “loss of well control” – UPDATED

New Orleans Times-PicayuneCoast 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.

Natural gas well leak creates 4 mile sheen in Gulf of Mexico; Coast Guard responding

Thanks to Heather for the news tip – 😉

Johnny-on-the-spot FAA gives NO FLY ZONE order for area on July 9. < Thanks to Godlikeproductions’ forum comment for 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.

Earthquake Facts

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:


Location –

From RSOE Lat. N 28. 11.400  –    LONG. W 90. 12.000


RSOE has a MAP


Is this the location? – MAP – from Windfinder ‘Ship Shoal Oil Platform’ page.

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-

Natural gas condensate leaking in Gulf of Mexico as operators lose control over the well < has a good MAP 🙂

Musical chairs at Bureau of Environmental Safety and Enforcement just when this accident happens – hmmm . . . .

Watson to Resign as BSEE Director, Join ABS

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.”

CNN – Coast Guard responds to natural gas leak in Gulf of Mexico

Talos Energy – Statement with Respect to Ship Shoal 225 B-2 Well Incident

Photo – Brocken Inaglory

Ship Shoal 225 B-2 well blowout leaks natural gas and condensate in Gulf of Mexico

Oil Spill Responders on Alert as Gulf of Mexico Platform Suffers Loss of Well Control

“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.”

Reuters – Depleted offshore Gulf gas well suffers blowout, small[sic]  leak

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

July 11

Oil stiill Flowing: Crews work to stop natural gas leak in Gulf of Mexico

Workers pump mud into leaking natural gas well in Gulf

“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 JournalWell Leaks Natural Gas in Gulf Off Louisiana Coast

Specialists work to kill leaking Gulf well

“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!

Natural Gas Leak near Ewing Bank, Ship Shoal 225 <PHOTOS

July 12

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]

GofM Well Control: Leak Plugged

Gulf Gas Leak, Big Oozy Sheens Revisited

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

“Mystery” Slicks at BP / Deepwater Horizon Site: Mystery Solved?

“. . . 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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LINK –  http://youtu.be/Sv8jErlQFGQ

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LINK –  http://youtu.be/aouw-kpl5TQ

Gulf incidents

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20 thoughts on “Oil Rig in Gulf has “loss of well control” – UPDATED

  1. May be it’s just because of the publicity from the BP incident, or maybe I’m just imagining things… But aren’t the number of reported Blow-outs increasing in the gulf, especially along the northern edge.

    If there really is an uptick in the number of blow-outs then doesn’t that indicate that the game-plan has changed in that area of the gulf coast ?

    Especially with all the incidents happening on land too. I’m hesitating in putting all the pieces together, but even so it’s still casting a worrysome shadow.

  2. Dont expect this to become big public news. They can hide it since there’s been no ‘drama,’ ie, big explosion or immediate loss of life. Remember who owns m$m….

  3. Fascinating how they’ve tweaked the language since using ‘blowout.’ Now they’re trying a ‘loss of well control event.’ Me thinks they think that a lingo change will mitigate outrage. Will it?

    • Loss of control to me is worse. To me it implies incompetence or negligence on someone’s part. Blow out on the other hand means something happened out of someone’s control of a failure of a mechanism. Just a play on words. Channel 6 New Orleans did not cover leak at 10 pm.

      • I think they don’t know what is leaking. Gas, oil or both maybe. And vocabulary is to avoid ‘oil spill’, ‘blow out’ etc. as a favor to their masters.
        I am updating the story today.

  4. Here we go again. Btw, sorry I was away so long, hope you’ve been well. But I wouldnt say they’re consciously trying to be evil, (exept for BP of course, they are evil lol) BUT its all about the profits baby. With spot oil trading at the level its been around for years now, it’s more economical to drill the more complicated/ more difficult wells, hence more things go wrong.
    As far as the earthquake, deffinantly possible. I read a paper from LSU not long ago about seismic risks to on and offshore oil and gas infrastucture, as well as the LOOP (Louisiana Offshore Oil Port). It said that the platforms and such here are not built for quakes and need retrofitting.
    Anyway, it will be interesting to see more details on this well, ie was it a gas well, or oil with a lot of gas mixed in, that’ll play a big part in the eviromental impact.
    Lets pray it doesnt gush fof months like BP. Last time the uncertainty, stress and all that oil gushing out daily messed people hear up. Very very very stressfull, I really thought the entire gulf would be ruined. Plus I’d go to work daily wondering if That day was lay off day.

    That paper may be linked on this blog already, I think I posted a link in a comment last fall. I’ll check, if not I’ll share

    • Yes, do send the url if you can. I can check to see if it’s up already. Most of those docs are on the Methane Page. I know that’s a bad name for the science page … but this blog used to be a lot smaller. If I change the name of it the links from others will show an error.

  5. “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.”

    “Ship Shoal 225 B-2 well is an older gas condensate well in a field developed in the 1970’s that last produced mostly water in 1998 at a rate of 65 thousand cubic feet of gas per day, 9 barrels of condensate per day and 1,150 barrels of water per day at a low flowing pressure of 175 psi, and the well was unable to produce without artificial lift, Talos Energy said.”

  6. “…small, unreported slick in the Eugene Island area about 26 kilometers (15 miles) from the Louisiana coast. About 10 km (6 mi) across, the slick covers about 33 km2. Using our rule of thumb that, to be visible, a slick must be at least 1 micron thick on average, that amounts to about 8,700 gallons of oil or some oily substance:”


    1.) unreported?
    2.) small, but larger than the “reported” Ship Shoal slick?
    3.) did they plug that thing, or didn’t they?

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