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


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. […]

Watch AP’s footage here

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


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21 comments to 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”

  • We Not They Finally

    So I guess that "drill baby, drill" morphed into "burn, baby, burn"? And we need oil and gas THAT badly? We don't have any wind or sunshine?

  • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

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  • Usefulbreather

    Wasn't the Deepwater Horizon Explosion due to a poorly cemented well, where water was used instead of the standard drilling mud, and the Blowout Protector failed and etc. etc. and so on and so forth?

    • We Not They Finally

      Don't forget that they DRILLED TOO DEEP. The drilled RIGHT INTO THE SEABED. That's what Matt Simmons said ten days before he was found dead. I'll not forget the apprehension in his voice when he said on network tv. that BP_ could not admit what they did "because they would go to jail and lose their fortunes." Well, they haven't gone to jail nor lost their fortunes. It was just Simmons who wound up dead.

  • razzz razzz

    What happened to blowout preventers and robots manually turning the blowout preventer valves?

    Guess stricter regulations after the last blowout were all talk.

    Better it burns off. Hope oil doesn't follow the gas.

  • jackassrig

    And can't they calculate the proper mud weight?

  • The release of pressure keeping the methane hydrate a solid state the stage for over 100,000 PSI in the pipe… we don't have the tech to handle that situation on water while floating around.
    The hole is to deep to even get much in the way of equipment down to the hole location… much less, work the problem!

  • captndano captndano

    Hey, don't bother me with this nonsense while I'm all consumed with important things like sexting scandals and some UK woman who just had a baby.

  • razzz razzz

    So this is going to burn for a month or so and the drill string is going to stay standing above water the whole time?

  • ftlt

    The Exxon Valdez court awards to the American people are still unpaid..

    This is nothing compared to what is going to happen in the Arctic… Where no one will know what is going on..

    We are doomed

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I want to know the definition of 'pocket'..
    What size of pocket?.. and at what depth..stuff like that.

    • well..? The ENTIRE CALDERA… UM, lower east part of Texas then up the Mississippi 3/4 the way to Chicago… over to the panhandle then back to the south part of the CALDERA is what size "Pocket" we are working with here!

      @j@ I have maps and such… not looking real good from where I sit.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    How much more.. methane and hydrogen sulfide can the people of southern Louisiana take?

    S. La. forecast: 'Foggy with chance of oil,' hydrogen sulfide, methane
    March 19 2013

    • JPH

      Heart of the rose, something not being mentioned here is the gas that is being dissolved into the water, not rising to the surface to be burnt off. That will be enough to kill off marine life. When this thing finally quits, there is going to be A LOT OF DEAD MARINE LIFE FLOATING ON THE SURFACE !

  • We Not They Finally

    "natural gas FROM DEEP BELOW THE SEABED rises to the surface"?? That whole industry is a pack of criminal bastards! That is EXACTLY how we got the BP disaster – they drilled into the seabed!!! Shame on that company, shame on that State, shame on the whole industry, shame on the Department of Interior, shame on Congress and shame on the President!!

    You irresponsible murderous idiots!!! You people with blood on your hands. And you call yourselves "Americans"? I think that Thomas Jefferson would beg to disagree.

  • Lion76 Lion76

    The Gulf is back, better than ever! Come on down and enjoy the seafood and culture! Hyuck hyuck!

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Time to ban all ocean/water petro drilling…let it burn out!…thats not OK!


    In most cases, get you condemned by the very drones your trying to protect or wake up dead.

  • williama

    Finally, ensure that your home is attractive before the customers and agents come over.