Crews lose control of gas rig off Louisiana coast

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Crews lost control of a natural gas well being drilled off the Louisiana coast Thursday, but officials say no injuries or pollution have been reported and efforts are underway to stop the flow of gas.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says most crew members were evacuated from the rig, which was drilling in 262 feet of water about 108 miles southwest of Lafayette.

The rig operator is EnVen Energy Ventures of Metairie, La.

EnVen Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Garrett says gas, water and sand are flowing, but no pollution has reached the Gulf. He says gas is being vented off the rig while crews work to kill the well.

A BSEE spokeswoman says an adjacent platform that was producing oil and gas was shut down as a precaution.

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