Apache Corp. is pulling all non-essential personnel from a shallow-water natural gas well in the Gulf of Mexico because of the possibility of an underground flow of gas at the site.
The well is 50 miles east of Venice, La. in 218 feet of water.
The company says workers triggered the blowout preventer at the site to keep the well under control on Febuary 4, after it began flowing natural gas, but says no gas has been detected at the seafloor, and there is no sign of pollution at the location.
Apache told News92FM this morning (Friday) their diagnostics had indicated an “underground migration” from the bottom of the well, more than 8,000- feet beneath the sea bed, to a sandy formation 1,100-feet down.
Apache is working with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, and is now determining whether a relief well will be needed.
The vessel Rowan Cecil Provine has been dispatched to the scene.
Apache says no injuries have been reported.