Gulf Gas Well Ignited Tuesday Evening, BSEE Confirms

All 44 workers were safely evacuated from Well A-3 after they lost control of it Tuesday morning, and it began leaking natural gas. The gas ignited at 10:50 p.m.

Natural gas that began leaking from a Gulf of Mexico well about 55 miles off the Louisiana coast on July 23 ignited that evening, the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement confirmed Wednesday. The fire aboard the Hercules 265 Rig located southwest of Grand Isle, La., ignited at 10:50 p.m. CDT. No one was on board at the time and no one has been injured, according to the latest statement posted by BSEE.

The agency and the U. S. Coast Guard set up a command center to manage their response to the incident, which began when Walter Oil and Gas Corporation experienced a loss of control of Well A-3 at about 8:45 a.m. on an unmanned platform while doing completion work on the sidetrack well to prepare the well for production. The company reported all 44 personnel were safely evacuated from the Hercules 265 jack-up rig.

A BSEE overflight photograph during daylight showed a cloud of natural gas above the rig, and the agency reported there was "a light sheen on the water one-half mile by 50 feet in area that is quickly dissipating." Its July 23 release said a firefighting vessel was expected to be on location that evening with both water and foam firefighting capabilities. "The operator, Walter Oil and Gas Corporation, will be conducting a site assessment prior to beginning any work on the well. BSEE will be reviewing and approving all plans and procedures to stop the flow of gas and secure the well. The U.S. Coast Guard is providing safety management oversight and have deployed the following resources: the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter and crew Pompano, one MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans and one HC-144 Ocean Sentry from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile. BSEE will be conducting an investigation into the incident's cause," it stated.

Download Center

  • Monitoring and Reporting on Air Emissions for Regulators and the Real World

    When it comes to managing compliance and regulatory issues surrounding air emissions, there are no easy jobs. With interviews from practitioners from American Electric Power, Red Cedar Gathering, Trinity Consultants, and Cority, this eBook provides practical advice to advance your air emissions monitoring and reporting programs.

  • What Every EHS Professional Should Know About ESG

    Join experts from Arcadis and Cority on April 27th to learn the most common ESG reporting frameworks and how technology can help you improve reporting efficiency, identify areas for improvement, and create defensible audit trails.

  • Green Quadrant EHS Software 2021

    Read the new report by independent analyst firm, Verdantix, to get an unbiased comparison of the 22 most prominent EHS software vendors in the industry.

  • RFP Template for Waste Management Software

    Learn the essential questions to ask when evaluating waste management software solutions with this free, ready-to-use RFP template

  • 5 Keys to Best-in-Class Chemical Management

    Running a safe chemical program is challenging and complex: from knowing what's on-site to proper handling and disposal - all while navigating regulatory changes. Learn the best ways to mitigate chemical risk, get the most value out of your data, and gain buy-in for a chemical management solution.

Featured Webinar