NEW ORLEANS–Both the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and the US Coast Guard continue overflights to monitor the burning jackupHercules 265in the Gulf of Mexico.
BSEE says a water curtain is being applied by a fire-fighting vessel on site and it expects Walter Oil & Gas to apply for a permit to drill a relief well.
Walter Oil and Gas Corp. experienced aloss of control of Well A-3 at approximately 8:45 a.m., July 23, on an unmanned platform at South Timbalier block 220 while doing completion work on the side track well to prepare the well for production. The operator reported the safe evacuation of 44 personnel.
A cause for the incident remains under investigation.