Awaiting plan for permanent plug on Gulf gas well

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal authorities say a slight sheen was visible again near a damaged gas drilling rig that blew wild and burned earlier this week off Louisiana’s coast, but the sheen was quickly dissipating.

The fire went out after the well stopped spewing gas. Authorities believe the well clogged with sand and sediment, choking off the gas late Wednesday.

The Bureau of Safety and Emergency Management said Friday that well operator Walter Oil & Gas may drill a relief well at the site, intercepting the damaged well to secure it with mud and cement.

Forty-four workers evacuated without injury after the well blew wild Tuesday morning. The drilling rig caught fire hours later. The fire was out Thursday morning, making it easier for authorities to begin assessing options for permanently sealing it.

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