ROV deployed to Gulf platform where hydrocarbon sheen was reported -- Relief well being planned


Apache probes sheen near platform, Oil and Gas Journal, January 18, 2011:

A hydrocarbon sheen was reported Jan. 16 during plugging and abandonment operations on East Cameron Block 278 Platform B in 168 ft of water 95 miles south of Cameron, La., Apache Corp. said.

Cause and source of the release are under investigation. Remotely operated vehicles and spill response vessels were dispatched to the platform.

Apache expects information from the ROV will help determine the source.

Apache shut-in due to a possible gas leak, One India, January 19, 2011:

Apache Corporation has reported a suspected natural gas leak at one of its Gulf of Mexico platforms...

It has consequently shut-in some of its nearby pipelines. ...

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) has informed that Apache had deployed a remotely operated vehicle "to evaluate the safety issues associated with re-boarding the platform".

It added that "planning has begun for the drilling of a relief well" in the event that the platform cannot be safely re-boarded.

h/t Soozla

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