Gas levels prevent workers from attempting to stop leak in Gulf of Mexico — Well was already in trouble a day before — Six Coast Guard vessels at site — Officials “did not say” when they expect it plugged

Published: July 11th, 2013 at 12:26 pm ET
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Fuel Fix: Specialists work to kill leaking Gulf well [...] Late Wednesday, workers were preparing to begin pumping drilling mud into the 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. [...] Although the most recent leak began on Monday, ERT workers first had problems a day earlier. After the initial loss of well control, the company believed the well had been secured on Sunday, the safety bureau said. [...]

Fox 59 News: [...] On Tuesday, the sheen measured four miles wide by three-quarters of a mile long, according to the Coast Guard, which flew over the leak. The size on Wednesday wasn’t known. The BSEE did not say when it expects the leak to be plugged. [...] Energy Resource Technology was in the process of permanently plugging and abandoning the well when the leak started Sunday. The company [...] plugged it, but the well started leaking again Monday, prompting an evacuation of the platform and the shutdown of two adjacent working wells.

The Advertiser: [...] Energy Resources Technology Gulf of Mexico reported to BSEE and the Coast Guard that a company crew encountered difficulty first while temporarily closing the well Sunday, then a second time Monday morning. [...] The Coast Guard was providing safety management oversight. A Coast Guard spokesman said Wednesday morning that six Coast Guard vessels had been at the site. [...]

See also: Photos: "Badly leaking natural gas well" in Gulf of Mexico -- "Barely a trace of marine life in this area... We are seriously starting to wonder where all the life has gone"

Published: July 11th, 2013 at 12:26 pm ET
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19 comments to Gas levels prevent workers from attempting to stop leak in Gulf of Mexico — Well was already in trouble a day before — Six Coast Guard vessels at site — Officials “did not say” when they expect it plugged

  • weeman

    Just another nail in our own coffin, wake up mankind we can not continue down this road, there is a fork in the road ahead, pick your course very carefully, as dead mans curve lies ahead if you take the wrong turn.


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    We, the citizens of Planet Earth, hereby end our reliance on fossil fuel and nuclear fuel.
    We would rather have no available gasoline nor nuclear electricity,
    then to perish as a result of the pursuit of petroleum and nuclear fuel.
    We can hand pump water,
    Cut wood to heat our homes,
    Grow food,
    Use solar and wind power,
    And die in our own time,
    Rather than live in a contaminated environment,
    Dying from cancer and the other diseases petroleum and nuclear bring.


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    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

      @PhilipUpNorth

      Thanks for that spiel. I grew up just that way, but now, aging at the rate of 90mph, I no longer live in that place. Instead, I live on the 9th floor of my apartment building, have only a balcony (grow tomatoes!) can't pump water anymore, have no fireplace, etc. Many millions live in cities in much the same way. I do wish we could live as before, but I am much too old to chop wood again and have no fireplace even if I could. Instead, I fight the system as best I can.

      Mainly, we need to convince people that it will already be 2,000 generations before existing plutonium is dealt with. What possible excuse could we have. I appreciate your comments and for those who can comply, I am grateful.


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  • Proton

    http://www.talosenergyllc.com/statement-with-respect-to-ship-shoal-225-b-2-well-incident/

    "HOUSTON, TX – July 9, 2013 – During operations yesterday to permanently plug and abandon our non-producing Ship Shoal 225 B-2 well, which is located about 74 miles southwest of Port Fourchon, salt water containing a small amount of gas and light condensate began to flow to the surface and around the wellhead. In an abundance of caution, we decided to evacuate the platform and mobilize our spill response team, we notified the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the U.S. Coast Guard, and we shut-in two other producing wells at the platform. All 5 personnel on the platform were evacuated safely. We are currently taking all available action to shut the well in as soon as possible, including engaging Wild Well Control who has returned to the platform to commence well control operations. We expect that the well will be shut in within the next 24 hours.,…"


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    • Proton

      cont… "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. We were plugging and abandoning the well as part of our active idle iron removal program in coordination with the BSEE, and we believe that the age of the tubing may have contributed to the incident. Currently, there is a light sheen on the water, as described by BSEE and U.S. Coast Guard flyovers, which we anticipate will evaporate quickly; because the well is flowing mostly water at very low pressure, we believe that approximately six barrels of light condensate have been discharged in the last 24 hours based upon the four mile wide by three quarter mile long sheen as reported by the BSEE and the U.S. Coast Guard. We are focused on the safety of our personnel and taking all appropriate measures to limit any environmental impact and shut in the well as soon as possible, and we are fully cooperating with BSEE and the Coast Guard throughout our operations.

      Please contact Tim Duncan at tduncan@talosenergyllc.com if you have additional questions."


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  • ftlt

    This is terrible. Part of me wants the workers to risk it though.. (While, I want them safe too..) Thinking of the pour seas creature and the future of that area.

    I was shocked by the recent national outpouring and media hype for the lost Arizona firefighters (first responders).. As if they were somehow special because they wore a uniform.

    Much the same as we see with the "Hero"(first responders and military) programs sprouting up all over our country.. Usually to the detriment of other workers.

    The Arizona firefighters stories on air showed the near military esprit-de-corps the unit had – replete with a Roman/Latin military motto.. Quite scary really…

    Why were the flags not at half mast for the nearly 200 dead in the criminal chemical plants disasters over the last couple months. Easy!!! They weren't in uniform.

    The scourge of workers deaths on the job in the USA is ignored.. (not to mention the huge #s of work related illness deaths) And First Responders a not high on the work death charts. Yet, they receive this mythical response to their deaths. The military funerals for police who die in the line of duty costing millions. While, children go hungry and homeless. The poor have no health care.

    We are being trained to worship in a fascist state.

    Our personal priorities and our ability to react to dissimulated information we receive are crossed wired.. We are being fed constant stream a toxic Kool-Aid of myth, hate, fear and lies -and…


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    • ftlt

      and death…

      Oops = poor not poor above…HAHAHA

      Why on about the fire fighters and all, you might ask???

      This energy site is all about reacting and trying to get the word out on the nature of the energy industry and its effects on our lives..

      I believe, it is impossible to look at energy alone without looking at the total picture of the foul governance, sick societal controls and the dissimulation we are all receiving… It has to be the whole picture to become meaningful…

      My brother a fire captain sees the nonsense of this myth building for "first responders heroism… And the fascist wages of it too..

      Remember, our military brothers and sisters are fighting an endless resource market share war for Big Energy and other off shore border-less rich entitled individuals or corpo entities… They are no longer fighting for us, our national defense or our way of life…

      Energy is just part of the problem..


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      • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

        @ftlt

        Years ago. Low ranking NPS (Park Service) official to others in the car: (sarcasm) "I just heard on the news that our President (Bush) has said he wants to pay our men in uniform more, do you think he means us too?" Second low level NPS employee: "No." Low levels still underpaid (Obama President now). :>)


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  • ftlt

    Getting Google reports (CBS – CNN) it has been stopped – 21 hours old.. Older than this article..

    Wonder??? Can't find photos or recent reports… The point is, you must dig beyond depth of the normal media reports to get to the truth..


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  • ftlt

    This is all part of the Obushma's failed "American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009" put into practice..

    The bill gave lip service to climate change and was in the main pro off-shore drilling, pro fracking and pro nuclear..

    Washington is in the hip pocket of Energy…

    Obushma and the rest are tools…


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  • Cisco Cisco

    In the 90's, I worked on bioremediation models and marketing for specific hazardous waste sites involving all forms of hydrocarbons, as well as conducted primary research for oil & gas exploration and production companies.

    The gas & oil exploration and production business worldwide severely pollutes every single Eco-system in which it operates…no exceptions. There is virtually no country in which they work, on the planet, that has escaped major biological destruction.

    There is not a single country where they operate that has not been bribed and where they have not corrupted national policy to exploit and plunder that country's resources. If you think this only happens in banana republics and third world countries, welcome to America.

    They are here now, in a force we have never seen before; and, they will destroy America's Eco-systems as they have everywhere else on the planet.

    Exempted from the Clean Air and Clean Water Act, they can't be stopped.


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  • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

    Excellent comments above. Thanks all.


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  • Yes, excellent comments. This sort of collusion of government and industry to manipulate the public for monetary gain has been going on for a long time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Motors_streetcar_conspiracy

    I blame voter apathy. You don't know what you got till its gone. They paved paradise, put up a parking lot

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t79hUuE2vuI


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    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

      @Mark:

      Hey, I also read that General Motors had paid a ta ta: $5,000 fine for getting the railroads to close! Guess the government thought that fine was adequate for such a caper. :>) In the end, that was the end of railroads as we had known them.


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  • "A Landsat-8 image taken yesterday shows a 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:

    http://alerts.skytruth.org/report/ed91559f-8a83-5e4a-8ea3-0544f8e8#c=stae

    [Emphasis mine.]

    …if this is the Ship Shoal 225 slick, is it not larger than "reported" (natch), and did they plug it or didn't they?


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