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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Jul 25, 2013 2:26 PM Flag

    Blown-out Gulf gas well no longer leaking, agencies say

    Blown-out Gulf gas well no longer leaking, agencies say

    Ben Geman - 07/25/13 12:24 PM ET

    A Gulf of Mexico natural gas leak off the Louisiana coast that began Tuesday has been stopped by sediment, federal regulators said Thursday.

    The well blowout and blaze on the rig operated by Hercules Offshore, Inc., has prompted fresh scrutiny of offshore drilling safety.

    “The [Interior Department’s] Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the U.S. Coast Guard confirmed this morning that the leaking natural gas well 55 miles offshore Louisiana has bridged over and the gas flow stopped,” the agencies said.

    “The fire has decreased to a small flame fueled by residual gas at the top of the well,” the agencies said. “Bridged over” means “small pieces of sediment and sand flow into the well path and restrict and ultimately stop the flow,” the regulators said.

    “BSEE and Coast Guard will continue overseeing response efforts until the event has come to a complete and safe resolution which includes securing the well,” they said.


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