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New Orleans Times-Picayune – Natural gas rig blows out in Gulf; 44 workers safely evacuated, Coast Guard says < has MAP
“A rig believed to be producing natural gas blew out in the Gulf of Mexico around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. All 44 workers on board were safely evacuated form the Hercules No. 265 rig about 40 miles southwest of Grand Isle. . . “
Hercules Rig 265 INFO . LOCATION: N 28′ 23.400, W 90′ 52.800
Hidden news – KCEN TV News – Officials: ‘Major Cloud of Gas’ Surrounds Platform After Blowout < thanks to this you tube post . . . . this broke at the exact same time as tv news posted a lot of scandalous but not so important news about a NYC mayor candidate in trouble over sexting.
NEW MAP with recent July events + this one IT IS RIGHT NEXT TO THE SHIP SHOAL SPILL
UPDATE: IT’S BURNING
(CNN) — A natural gas platform exploded in the Gulf of Mexico late Tuesday, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.
The rig, leased by Houston-based Walter Oil & Gas Corp., was burning about 60 miles southwest of Grand Isle, Louisiana, early Wednesday, according to Petty Officer Carlos Vega. A Coast Guard vessel witnessed the blast.
Forty-four workers were evacuated from the rig earlier Tuesday after a blowout occurred, officials said.
Natural gas was leaking, but no oil was being released, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said. . . .
– Oh, yeah? What about that half mile long sheen reported yesterday???
The New Orleans Times-Picayune has details about the work on the rig.
On Wings of Care did a Fly Over! < donate to them if you can! ABC NEWS used their footage in this report:
LINK – http://youtu.be/nAX3c-C9xWY
LINK – http://youtu.be/SDYahfULxYc
“. . . beams supporting the derrick and rig floor on the Hercules Offshore jackup rig had crumpled over the rig structure.”
“A blowout preventer may have ignited the fire that caused a Gulf of Mexico rig to partially collapse Wednesday, after a natural gas well blew out, federal authorities reported.”
The Advocate – Rig fire in Gulf may burn for 2 months
MSNBC – Rachel Maddow Show on it and tar sands etc. enviro disasters.
Fire fighters, Wild Well Control are there.
ENE-News – Expert: Blown-out well in Gulf remains “plenty dangerous” — Will material plugging flow of gas hold? < with link to NEW On Wings of Care fly over video
LINK – http://youtu.be/S4jTeIPcahY . . . . no oil slick, eh?
And – in this video – what are all these bubbles? Are they coming up around the edges of the fill-in?
• On June 26 they made an “Application for a Bypass” – the form has additional location and well information.
The blowout preventer FAILED: Rig crew activated BOP before abandoning blown out well < has VIDEO
LINK – http://youtu.be/hMrtEFfKifw
ENE-News – Blowout in Gulf still leaking? Scientists checking for pollution are not allowed within 5 miles of site — Sheen continues to be observed — Fire boats remain nearby — Gas could “impact offshore ecosystems”
“NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Last week’s blowout on a natural gas rig off the Louisiana coast could shift regulators’ focus to shallow-water drilling and make an overhaul of safety equipment regulations more likely.”
Related oddity? From Feb. – APACHE is seeking to kill a highly pressured gas well at Main Pass Block 295 in the Gulf of Mexico as jack-up rig Rowan Cecil Provine mobilises for possible relief drilling at the request of US regulators.
It relates to this story – Explosive Methane Fault Migration: Gulf to La. Salt Domes?
Location of the Apache well – Latitude (approximate): 29° 16.12′ N, Longitude (approximate): 88° 38.07′ W
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