Rowan fights second well blowout in a year at the same site

Yesterday's blowout at a natural gas well in the Gulf of Mexico is the second time in a year Rowan (RDC) has lost control while drilling at the same location with the same rig.

Bloomberg says workers on RDC's “Louisiana” rig - one of the oldest in its fleet - are still trying to gain control of a well in Vermilion Block 356, about 100 miles off the Louisiana coast, where another blowout occurred last April.

RDC and EnVen energy are pumping heavy drilling mud into the out-of-control well to kill it; so far, no fire, explosion or oil spill has occurred from the blowout and no one has been injured.

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  • Dexterpeacock
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    Well now under control. Diverter open
    1 Feb 2014, 01:10 PM Reply Like
  • Jake2992
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    It's beginning to look like oil and gas producers are not capable of safely drilling in these waters. We don't need the energy, and not producing it will not increase prices. We might as well begin to transition to cleaner and cheaper sources of energy while we still have the chance. Its not worth the risk of contaminating a major US food source.
    1 Feb 2014, 02:38 PM Reply Like
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