GofM Natural Gas Leakage: BSEE Continues Oversight of Control

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Friday, July 12, 2013
The oil sheen: Photo courtesy of NOAA

BSEE continues to oversee efforts by Energy Resource Technology, LLC (ERT) to stop the flow of natural gas from a well located 74 miles southwest of Port Fourchon, LA at Ship Shoal Block 225, Platform B, in 146 feet of water.

After equipment preparation and testing, well kill operations began at approximately 4:15 p.m. CDT. Procedures for the source control operations were prepared by ERT and reviewed and approved by BSEE. Once confirmation of the successful well kill operation is received, BSEE will review ERT's plan for plugging the well.

In related news from NOAA:
NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration has provided a trajectory forecast in response to the release of natural gas into the Gulf of Mexico.

The spill has produced a sheen that has varied in size, remaining approximately between four and five miles wide, and one to three quarters of a mile long.  The well dates from the 1970s and has not been in production for more than 10 years. A NOAA Scientific Support Coordinator is in communication with the responders and stated that there appears to be little threat to natural resources from an environmental standpoint at this time.


 

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