Earth Watch Report - Hazmat
( HANDOUT, Reuters / July 24, 2013 )
|24.07.2013||HAZMAT||USA||Gulf of Mexico (Louisiana), [Hercules 265 oil rig]|
|Forty-four workers evacuated a jack-up rig in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday and two Houston-based companies worked to curb uncontrolled flow of natural gas from a well on which the rig was working. Hercules Offshore said its Hercules 265 rig is operating for Walter Oil & Gas Corp. No one was injured in the evacuation, and no oil was spilled, said Tim O’Leary, a spokesman for Walter Oil & Gas. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said the well is 55 miles off the coast of Louisiana in 154 feet of water. Walter Oil & Gas reported the loss of well control to the safety bureau Tuesday morning, the agency said. Bureau inspectors reported a dissipating light sheen on the Gulf surface, 50 feet by one-half mile in size. The rig was working on a sidetrack well – drilled adjacent to an existing one – in preparation for production, the safety bureau said. Earlier this month, a 40-year-old well owned by a subsidiary of Houston-based Talos Energy well leaked natural gas into the Gulf for four days before responders plugged the leak and permanently sealed the well with cement.|
|Updated:||Wednesday, 24 July, 2013 at 17:04 UTC|
|A shallow-water Gulf of Mexico drilling rig on fire because of a ruptured natural gas well has partially collapsed, U.S. regulators said on Wednesday. The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said beams supporting the derrick and rig floor on the Hercules Offshore rig collapsed over the structure. BSEE also said a third firefighting vessel was enroute to the scene, though no sheen was seen on the water’s surface during overflights conducted on Wednesday morning.|
Gulf rig partially collapses in fire off Louisiana
A fire broke out on a gas well in the Gulf of Mexico late Tuesday, hours after dozens of workers were evacuated due to an out-of-control leak. No injuries are reported. Officials haven’t said how or when they’ll attempt to put out the blaze. (July 24)
HOUSTON (Reuters) – A shallow-water Gulf of Mexico drilling rig has partially collapsed off the coast of Louisiana after catching fire because of a ruptured natural gas well, U.S. regulators said on Wednesday.
The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said beams supporting the derrick and rig floor on the Hercules Offshore jackup rig had crumpled over the rig structure.
A third firefighting vessel was en route to the scene, though no sheen was seen on the water’s surface during overflights conducted on Wednesday morning, the regulator said.
The fire ignited shortly before 11 p.m. CDT on Tuesday. The Walter Oil & Gas-owned well had ruptured hours earlier as Hercules worked to prepare it for production. The well released natural gas, but no oil, according to BSEE.
No one was on board when the rig caught fire, BSEE said. Hercules said 44 people were evacuated after the rupture and no injuries were reported. The rig is in 154 feet of water about 55 miles south of the coast of Louisiana.