GoM Command Center opens for Hercules jackup response

Offshore staff

NEW ORLEANS – The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and the US Coast Guard has established a command center for response to the “well control event” on the Hercules 265 jackup.

Following an overflight earlier today, BSEE reported a cloud of natural gas above the rig and a light sheen on the water that is “quickly dissipating.”

A firefighting vessel is expected on location this evening with both water and foam firefighting abilities.

The operator, Walter Oil and Gas Corp., will conduct a site assessment prior to beginning any work on the well. BSEE will review and approving all plans and procedures to stop the flow of gas and secure the well.

The Coast Guard provides safety management oversight and has deployed the 87-ft Coast Guard Cutter and crew Pompano, one MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans and one HC-144 Ocean Sentry from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile.


Hercules jackup rig 265 leaking natural gas
Hercules jackup rig 265 leaking natural gas. (BSEE photo)

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