Only small flames remain after a natural gas well ruptured 55 miles away from the Louisiana shore. The small disaster in the Gulf of Mexico took no lives as the 44 workers were successfully rescued.

Unfortunately the derick itself didn’t fare as well. The Hercules Offshore rig suffered the loss of supporting beams. Without thier support, portions of the derick and rig’s floor have crumpled and fallen into the gulf.

As of Friday we were informed by the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement that the leak of gas has stopped. The rupture was caused when sediment stopped the flow of natural gas. These pieces were small but just as a single thread of a spider’s web is delicate and weak yet strong when together, the sediment had enough pressure to destroy.

Weather the derick can or will be repaired is unknown at this time.

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