NEW ORLEANS — An out-of-control natural gas well off the Louisiana coast continued to burn today after it caught fire following a blowout that prompted the evacuation of 44 workers, authorities said.
Officials stressed that Tuesday’s blowout wouldn’t be close to as damaging as the 2010 BP oil spill, in which an oil rig, the Deepwater Horizon, exploded off the Louisiana coast, killing 11 workers and eventually spewing millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
No injuries were reported as a result of Tuesday night’s fire, said Eileen Angelico, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.
She said it wasn’t known what caused the gas to ignite. It also wasn’t clear early today how and when crews would attempt to extinguish the blaze. BSEE said earlier Tuesday that a firefighting vessel with water and foam capabilities had been dispatched to the scene.