Upstreamonline.com, 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.
From February: Radio: Uncontrolled gas flowing from well in Gulf of Mexico -- WSJ: Experts trying to stop flow below seafloor
Published: July 9th, 2013 at 6:13 pm ET