WSJ: Blow-out in Gulf of Mexico — “Loss of well control” reported — Large oil sheen on surface, gas flowing into sea

Published: July 9th, 2013 at 6:13 pm ET

26 comments, July 9, 2013 at 5:00p (h/t Anonymous tip):  A Gulf of Mexico platform operated by Energy Resources Technology (ERT) is apparently leaking natural gas after the company reported a “loss of well control” Tuesday morning during a temporary plugging operation, US regulators said. […] Ship Shoal Block 225 Platform B about 74 miles off Port Fourchon, Louisiana had been evacuated after the event. “According to ERT’s site assessment, natural gas is flowing from the well and there is a rainbow sheen visible on the surface estimated to be more than four miles wide by three quarters of a mile long,” […] A Coast Guard spokesman said workers were actively trying to plug the well as of mid-afternoon Tuesday, but was not able to specify flow rates or expected volumes leaked. […]

Wall St. Journal, July 9, 2013 at 5:25p ET: […] Work was being done to temporarily plug a well when workers realized they were losing control of the well, the regulators said. The workers were evacuated safely and two other wells on the platform were shut in, the U.S. agencies said […] Natural gas is flowing from the well and a sheen four miles wide by three quarters of a mile long is visible on the surface, according to an assessment the company provided to government officials. Talos didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. According to federal data, the platform where the blow-out took place has been cited for 12 incidents of non-compliance since 2008.

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Published: July 9th, 2013 at 6:13 pm ET


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26 comments to WSJ: Blow-out in Gulf of Mexico — “Loss of well control” reported — Large oil sheen on surface, gas flowing into sea

  • davidh7426 davidh7426

    How many's this now that have had Blow-outs due to vastly increased Methane gas pressure.

    It looks like the game-plan's been changed, and Mother Nature has both stacked the deck, and has taken charge of rolling the dice.

    We better all hold on, because the ride is going to get bumpy, and I suspect for some in the Gulf states and possibly the Mississippi valley… VERY WET!!!

    • Maj.WilliamMartin

      As the US infrastructure continues to disolve remember that there is Always money for WARS. Always. When you wonder what could be next???

      Yet the US sends hundreds of Millions to the same Al Qaeda that brought us 12 years of War and LIES and War Crimes gone unpunished.

      The potential for more bad things happening is always just around the corner. However, this issue isn't related to gays in service their marriages or spousal rights nor the new bullying laws. Nor is it related to Kim Kardashain's dresses or how this government in every way tries to silence the messengers who expose the crime and filth. Just as in Japan and the Bering Sea where American's get over 40% of their Whitefish/Cod supplies.
      The US Gov is more worried about placing another country under the IMF and US Petro-Dollars at any cost of human lives to do so.

      • WindorSolarPlease

        Hi Maj.WilliamMartin

        Wow you said a lot in a short post, and I agree. The US infrastructure looks like it is continuing to dissolve, all you do is have to look at your towns falling apart and good paying jobs are harder to find. It's been this way for quite some time.

        I understand to take/have control, you have to knock it down first and then rebuild it up to where the people in charge want it to be. Just ask anyone who has ever been in boot camp.

        However, how do they expect to build up what they have allowed the corporations do to? They continue to permanently damage our environment. Why would they want to live in a polluted world, wrecking the beauty and the function of our oceans and so on?

  • dosdos dosdos

    ERT has had many court cases involving wrongful death over negligence related to equipment failure. Very sloppy outfit, even with Talos taking over.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Time to ban all ocean drilling….


    The Russian floating NUCLEAR power plant will be the first of a fleet of power stations to provide power to inaccessible areas. They assure us it is designed to withstand collisions with other ships and land, and to survive a tsunami.

    Other countries, such as China, Indonesia and Argentina are thrilled with the idea of adopting this technology.


    (I posted that reference on an older thread on the 'World' section, but since it belongs to that category of "It seemed like a good idea at the time", it's worth posting it here again.)

    Now, what could go wrong with it …

    And I suppose that once something does go seriously wrong, they will just sink it by remote control. End of problem. No cleanup necessary.


    • We Not They Finally

      "Power to inaccessible areas"? On how many levels is this plan nuts? And say, sunshine and wind can't find their way to "inaccessible areas" either?

      • To We Not They Finally:

        Both Japan and Russia have experienced nuclear catastrophes – and yet, that has not deterred them from endorsing unrestrained nuclear power.

        That leaves us with such a sense of hopelessness. We learn nothing. Greed and corruption march ahead in this and in other issues, and the rest of us feel helpless to stop them.

        There was a time when people had the power to revolt. These days governments in collusion with big business have refined their control over us to such an extent that one day soon it will be regarded as "terrorism" to object to harmful business practices.

        Tennessee bureaucrat says complaining about water quality could be considered as terrorism.

        • WindorSolarPlease

          Hi Tracy W

          What was once right is getting to be no longer.
          Did someone turn this world upside down and shake it?

          Who doesn't want safe water, safe food, a safe environment. If that is what they call a terrorist, then I guess most of us are.

          They terrorize me by the extent they are hurting this world and life.

          Someone better explain the meaning of that word to them.
          Thanks Tracy W

          • Fall out man!

            Wow. Yeah, agreed, the powers that be literally reverse the truth. I guess that's one way to make sure people never complain about fluoride in the water as well. As an aside, we can blame the nuke industry in for originally coming up with fluoridation to cover over fluoride emissions and consequent environmental poisoning in the making of bombs. (with some help from other fluoride polluters as they went along). Fascinating look at the history of it by former BBC Journalist Christopher Bryson. Fluoridation was originally launched by scientists (and propagandists) working on the Manhattan Project.


            They just made up the original "research", FOIA documents now reveal just what a lie Fluoridation was from beginning to end. But of course, complaining someone poisoning the water now makes one a terrorist! How perverse is that!?

          • To WindorSolarPlease
            and Fall out man!

            It seems as if in the 9/11 aftermath we have become more aware. (Thanks in large part to the web.) I don't mean just about the war on democracy and civil rights, but everything, including the rapid decline in society's values.

            But nothing should surprise us. Although our generation was spared, the civilized West inflicted horrors on civilians during WW2. And the Soviets and East Germans continued with their brutal system until very recently. The non-Western world has not been any better.

            Perhaps brutality and oppression are the norm, and the optimistic society and democratic system in which we grew up was an aberration. Now things are getting back to 'normal' again.

            I have a little science blog as a hobby. I try to keep an upbeat tone and avoid a sense of looming disaster as much as I can.

            But deep inside I don't feel too optimistic. I already self-censor my blog and the talkbacks I post on other sites. Anything could be misinterpreted. Even a joke.

            It looks as if we went to sleep and woke up in a alternate universe, as in a sci-fi novel.

            The NSA and the NDAA and the drones, and the no-fly lists, are all here to stay. Let's take good care of ourselves and our loved ones. And prepare the best we can to protect ourselves from whatever is heading this way. Not easy. Here on the Canadian west coast we've been showered with Fukushima radiation for two years now. There's nowhere to hide.

        • michellemamarn

          Here you go, everybody- I've already had my fun…

  • We Not They Finally

    And TWELVE INCIDENTS OF NON-COMPLIANCE since 2008 did not shut them down WHY?? The laws have to change. But that gets all sticky-wicket since corporations breaking laws have always only been subject to FINES, not shutting them down, much less jail time. Then the likes of Dick Cheney comes along and fracking is subject to NO REGULATION AT ALL.

    And that's all just what America is all about? God help us all. It's not survivable.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Hello there… Port Fourchon..You there..sailing the oily seas..
    How's it going..aye?

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    So what else is new?.. You best get out there and "suck it up"…(like

  • ftlt

    This is not coming up on Google very easily..

    Wonder why??? HAHAHA

  • New Moon (it's gravity working with the Sun) after closest approach (perigee) & a 3 eclipse June. I'm surprised Popocatlpetl didn't go with a bigger bang. All areas would be on alert if the Geologists knew about Physics and the Geographers about Politics; instead they obfuscate and claim surprise at the unfolding events of the entirely predictable clockwork Solar System.

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Here we go again ….

  • williama

    Despite that I better view the part of leptin and the structure of the females body system, I can outflank my fat-accumulating genetics and look like an eye-catching teenage mother once more!