Posted: Jul 9, 2013 7:01 PM by Tina Macias
Updated: Jul 9, 2013 7:18 PM
Energy Resource Technology Gulf of Mexico, LLC has been cited by regulators twice for leaking natural gas into the Gulf of Mexico, according to Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement documents. BSEE cited the Houston-based company for a "pollution event" in 2007 and noted a "loss of well control" event in 2008.
One of ERT's wells located about 74 miles southwest of Port Fourchon began leaking natural gas on Monday and, according to inspectors, natural gas is flowing from the well and there is a 4-mile wide rainbow sheen visible on the surface.
BSEE fined ERT $135,000 in 2008 after a May 2007 pollution event resulted from a lack of safety testing that caused leaking gas. In August 2008, equipment failure caused natural gas to spill out of one of the company's platforms.
BSEE has also investigated several accidents on ERT platforms, including at least three fatalities and three fires since 2005.
According to BSEE, no one was injured in Monday's incident and the platform was not producing. Energy Resource Technology GOM, Inc., is a subsidiary of Talos Energy LLC, a Houston-based oil and gas company. Talos purchased ERT from Helix Energy Solutions Group of Houston in February, according to Helix.