L. William AbelWild Well Control Inc.Spring, Tex. An offshore blowout with hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas present requires special procedures and highly trained personnel to control the well quickly and safely. Toxic gas clouds from a blowing well can accumulate in low areas, causing more danger. Thus, the blowing well may need to be ignited to burn the H2S So the well can be controlled safely. Any policy regarding work practices in an area where H2S is present or is a potential hazard must take into account the basic characteristics of H2S and general industry practices. In sufficient concentrations, H2S is extremely dangerous ...

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