Expert: Blaze on Gulf rig may last for months; Workers hit “high-pressure gas pocket” — Official: “At this point, they’re going to let it burn out”

Published: July 24th, 2013 at 4:40 pm ET
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Title: Rig fire in Gulf may burn for 2 months, officials say
Source: The Advocate
Author: Richard Thompson
Date: July 24, 2013

Rig fire in Gulf may burn for 2 months, officials say

[...] “They don’t have any choice right now,” said Eric Smith, an associate director of the Tulane Energy Institute.

Smith believes it could take 30 to 60 days for the relief well to be drilled. During that time, the rig will likely continue to burn as the natural gas from deep below the seabed rises to the surface. [...]

Smith believes that the rig crew “hit a high-pressure gas pocket, and the mud weight they were using for the drilling completion wasn’t adequate to contain the pressure.” [...]

“At this point, they’re going to let it burn out,” [Jefferson Parish President John] Young said. [...]

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Published: July 24th, 2013 at 4:40 pm ET
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