Temporary plug set in well that leaked last week
NEW ORLEANS - Federal regulators say a well that seeped natural gas for much of last week has been temporarily plugged, with work still needed to plug it permanently.
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Monday that Energy Resource Technology LLC used a "bridge plug" to isolate the lower part of the well about 75 miles off Louisiana's coast.
The inactive well began leaking late July 9 while the company was trying to plug it permanently. Drilling fluid pumped into the well on Thursday stopped the flow of natural gas and the oil-water mixture called condensate.
The bureau's news release did not say when ERT installed the plug or estimate how much gas and condensate leaked from the well. Spokeswoman Eileen Angelico said she could not provide additional information.
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