Apache prevents blowout in Gulf well: BSEE

2/15/2013

Apache prevents blowout in Gulf well: BSEE

BY ANGEL GONZALEZ

HOUSTON -- U.S. regulators said Apache Corp. detected an underground flow of natural gas after it managed to contain a blowout at an exploratory well it was drilling in the shallow-water U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

In a statement posted on its website, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which oversees the safety of offshore operations, said that Houston's Apache successfully activated the blowout preventer on the drilling rig to prevent natural gas from flowing to the surface. No gas has been detected at the seafloor nor pollution at the location, but additional testing found an underground flow of natural gas, BSEE said.

The rig was drilling in 218 ft of water some 50 mi east of Venice, La. Nonessential personnel was removed from the rig and BSEE directed Apache to prepare for bringing in an additional drilling rig to the site.

Dow Jones Newswires

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