Reuters AlertNet, 1:58pm ET: Apache natural gas well has leak beneath floor of U.S. Gulf [...] Natural gas from a well being drilled by Apache Corporation in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico has flowed underground, leading U.S. regulators to order the company to prepare to drill a relief well to control the flow if necessary, the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said. [...] A relief well is typically used to stop an uncontrolled flow of gas or fluids from a well when other methods fail.
Upstreamonline: [...] natural gas has been said to be flowing underground for more than a week. [...] Houston-based Apache spokesman Bill Mintz confirmed in an emailed response to Upstream that the well began flowing natural gas on 4 February. [...] It did not offer an explanation of the perceived cause of the underground gas movement.
See also: Radio: Uncontrolled gas flowing from well in Gulf of Mexico -- WSJ: Experts trying to stop flow below seafloor
Published: February 16th, 2013 at 4:17 pm ET