Update: Divers look for “breach on the sea floor” near troubled well in Gulf of Mexico

Published: February 15th, 2013 at 6:46 pm ET


Times Picayune, 6:06p ET: The company said […] divers have not found any breach on the sea floor.

Apache News Release, Feb. 15, 2013: Divers have verified there is no breach on the seafloor.

Offshore Magazine at 4:34p ET: […] the drilling rig experienced what Apache described in a statement as “a kick from an abnormally pressured gas zone” on February 5. Subsequent testing detected gas migration from the bottom of the well, which had reached 8,261 ft (2,518 m), to another sand formation about 1,100 ft (335 m) below the seabed.

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Published: February 15th, 2013 at 6:46 pm ET


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7 comments to Update: Divers look for “breach on the sea floor” near troubled well in Gulf of Mexico

  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    Here's the MMS Permit for the well, but nothing terribly interesting:


    Apache's exploration plan has some details about the five wells they planned for this lease block. This was the first one – Apache #A – and would have been a gas condensate well.


    Not much on the geology or stratigraphy, but they are drilling over a salt diaper. Yay! They only give the depth of the top as 536 ms BSL.

    They have plenty of dispersant ready if there's an actual spill. Yay!

    On the plus side, the Blow-Out Preventer (BOP) did work properly and was used at the right time to protect the crew. This means nobody got hurt and nothing is spewing from the drillpipe or borehole into the ocean. Yay! …for now.


      @Paveway III, that is really disturbing. The lack of information and environmental impact statements in this permit are truly disturbing. Of course they are drilling over a salt diapir, where else would they drill, but a geological anomoly that can produce exceptional gas migrations if tapped into?

      It seems no one cares just how methane is contained in salt, and the explosive potential ingrained in each and every one.

  • We Not They Finally

    To Paveway III: "Yay for now" is a bizarre comment. THERE'S HOLE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA AND THEY HAVE NOT ONE CLUE HOW TO FIX IT. Matt Simmons, former energy advisor to Bush Sr. just prior to his mysterious death in August 2010, announced publicly (on MSNBC, the Dylan Ratigan Show)that there's a hole in the bottom of the sea, it will spew endless oil for years and the only way to even possibly stop it was through an extremely risky nuclear explosion at the site to seal off the hole. But look: There is no "Yay" and there is no "For now." It's NOT "Yay" and "for now" does not exist. It's no time for jokes. The Gulf may be irretrievably gone and now the proof is surfacing.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Let's see..the blowout preventer worked.. but there is still uncontrolled gas coming up..yet no breach on the seafloor..
    Where then is the gas coming from?

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "Apache is moving the Rowan Cecil Provine rig to the site to bore a relief well if other means — such as circulating heavy fluids into the well — fail to kill it. A relief well would allow an alternate path for pumping in fluids and cement. It was unclear when the Rowan rig would be on site.

    Feb 16 2013
    Apache moves to kill gas well after uncontrolled flow

    http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Apache-moves-to-kill-gas-well-after-uncontrolled-4283850.php#ixzz2L4AqON2Xd be on site."

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Mobile Gas Publishes Eight Mile Report

    "The investigation found levels of Butyl Mercaptan on two sites in Eight Mile — one, on the property of Gulf South, the other along the Beaver Pond area off Cochran Road.

    Still no word on exactly what caused the Mercaptan to leak."

    I found this speculation interesting.

    Oct 18,2012

    Salt, Salt, Salt.