The natural gas flow under pressure has been stopped, confirmed BSS.
The Untied States Coast Guard (USCG), Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and Walter Oil & Gas Corporation (Walter), which is a liquefied natural gas company have stood up a Unified Command to continue overseeing and managing response actions to provide the South Timbalier 220 natural gas well, following the loss of well control on Tuesday, July 23. Yesterday, it was confirmed that the natural gas flow under pressure stopped. The gas flow was feeding the oil rig fire that has decreased to a small flame. The oil rig and natural gas well are positioned 55 nautical miles offshore Louisiana in a water depth of 154-feet.
The damaged oil rig platform Hercules 265 Thursday morning following bridging that stopped the flow of natural gas and suppressed fire, which began late Tuesday night.
Firefighting operations on the oil rig continues to secure the well, and all options are being considered for the most efficient and safe path forward on the drilling rig Hercules 265. Walter Oil & Gas Corp. submitted to BSEE an application for a permit to drill a relief well that is including suggestions for the cement and casing programs. The engineers of BSEE are currently evaluating the permit, and BSEE continues to review and approve all operational plans and procedures, which are related to the response.