Gulf of Mexico rig gas leak - 47 rescued

2013-07-23 21:29

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New Orleans - Federal authorities say natural gas but not oil is flowing uncontrolled from a well off the Louisiana coast, forcing the evacuation of 47 workers aboard an oil rig.

No injuries have been reported.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says inspectors flying over the site on Tuesday saw a light sheen covering an area about a km by 20m. However, it was dissipating quickly.

The bureau says the leak happened on Tuesday morning about 90km offshore.

Earlier this month, a gas well leaked for several days before being sealed off the Louisiana coast.

In 2010, an oil rig exploded off the state's coast, leading to a blow-out that spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf in the worst offshore disaster in the US.

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