Crews begin drilling relief well to close in blown-out natural gas well

Crews begin drilling relief well to close in blown-out natural gas well

Credit: AP

This photo released by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement shows natural gas spewing from the Hercules 265 drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, Tuesday, July 23, 2013. No injuries were reported in the midmorning blowout and there was no fire as of Tuesday evening at the site, about 55 miles off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement)

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Posted on August 5, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 5 at 3:18 PM

David Hammer / Eyewitness News
Email: dhammer@wwltv.com | Twitter: @davidhammerWWL

NEW ORLEANS -- Walter Oil & Gas began drilling a relief well to permanently close in a blown-out natural gas well off of Grand Isle.

The well being drilled by Hercules Offshore blew out and caught fire July 23. The natural gas flow and fire stopped on July 25 when sands from the relief well "bridged" the hole.

The relief well is expected to take 35 days to drill, according to a federal offshore safety agency. Crews began removing debris Friday.

When the relief well is finished, crews will pump heavy drilling mud and cement in to block any gas flow.

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