Wednesday, July 10, 2013

USA: natural gas and oil disaster in Gulf of Mexico

A gas platform property of ERT declared "loss of well control" and is leaking natural gas and oil to the sea.

According to ERT’s site assessment, natural gas is flowing from the well and there is a rainbow sheen visible on the surface estimated to be more than four miles wide by three quarters of a mile long.

The rainbow sheen is caused by oil, not gas. 

The loss of control happened as workers tried to temporarily plug the well.

The platform has a history of many irregularities: 

According to federal data, the platform where the blow-out took place has been cited for 12 incidents of non-compliance since 2008.

Source: EneNews.

Update: photos and some more details at On Wings of Care.

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