The fire at the Hercules 265 oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, which began the night of July 23rd, has been snuffed out, according to a company VP. The fire sprang from a well control incident that occurred earlier that same day. All 44 personnel aboard the rig were evacuated before the fire began, and no injuries have been reported.
The well has reportedly clogged with sand and sediment, a process called “bridging over.” Plans are now being developed to permanently plug the well. A full investigation into the cause of the accident is set to begin soon. A portion of the rig collapsed into the Gulf of Mexico on July 24th.
A relief well was discussed during the time the fire burned, but that plan has been deemed unnecessary.
The Coast Guard & FAA are restricing maritime and air travel in the area.
This is the largest incident to occur in the Gulf of Mexico since the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon disaster. Officials are currently monitoring the waters are the Hercules 265, but report that no oil sheen has been spotted.