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Relief well planned to stop gas leak in gulf
At presstime last week, a flow of natural gas continued to fuel a fire on a jack up rig in the Gulf of Mexico, causing the derrick and drill floor structure to collapse, while responders reviewed plans to drill a relief well. The troubled well, operated by Houston-based Walter Oil & Gas Corp., was drilled in 154 ft of water about 55 miles off Louisiana.
The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said a fire-fighting vessel was spraying a water curtain to provide heat protection for the rig until the well can be brought under control. US Coast Guard cutters are enforcing a safety zone around the sc...