Gas flow stopped at drilling rig off Louisiana coast; investigation of cause continues

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NEW ORLEANS – The operator and federal regulators say the flow of natural gas, water and sand has been stopped at a drilling rig off Louisiana’s coast.

EnVen Energy Ventures LLC and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Saturday that the flow was stopped about 7 p.m. Friday. BSEE says it was cut off less than 2 1/2 hours after EnVen began pumping heavy drilling mud into the well.

The flow began about 8:30 a.m. Thursday. EnVen says the well is being closely monitored, and it’s working with regulators to find out what caused it and how to safely resume drilling.

BSEE says in a news release that crews are still working to set up barriers to any further natural gas flow.

No injuries or pollution have been reported.

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