Feds begin probe of Gulf gas well blowout

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 5:42 pm by Jennifer A. Dlouhy in Accidents, featured, Gulf of Mexico

Federal drilling regulators on Monday launched a formal investigation into the blowout of a gas well in the Gulf of Mexico last week that forced the evacuation of 44 workers and ignited a fire that raged for nearly two days.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement began the probe even as workers prepared to drill a relief well at the site so they could plug the original well with cement. Although sand and debris clogged the well Thursday, halting the flow of natural gas and starving the fire of fuel, it could take at least two weeks to plug the hole permanently.

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