Crews lose control of gas rig off Louisiana coast

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 30, 2014 at 8:06 pm •  Published: January 30, 2014
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Crews lost control of a natural gas well being drilled off the Louisiana coast Thursday, but officials said no injuries or pollution have been reported and efforts are underway to stop the flow of gas.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says most crew members were evacuated from the rig, which was drilling in 262 feet of water about 108 miles southwest of Lafayette. The situation was reported at 8:43 a.m., a BSEE spokeswoman said.

The rig operator is EnVen Energy Ventures of Metairie, La.

EnVen Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Garrett said gas, water and sand are flowing, but no pollution has reached the Gulf of Mexico. He says gas is being vented off the rig while crews work to kill the well.

Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Bobby Nash said no sheen was sighted when a Coast Guard crew flew over the site Thursday.

Work is underway to secure the well, said Deanna Castillo, a spokeswoman for rig owner Rowan Companies.

"All personnel currently aboard the rig are safe and non-essential personnel have been evacuated, all well control equipment is functioning as designed (and) there has been no environmental impact," she said.

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