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Gas continues to flow from rig off La. coast

Jan 31st, 2014 - National News

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard says crews continue to work to stop natural gas flowing from a drilling rig off the Louisiana coast.

Petty Officer 1st Class Bill Colclough says that as of early Friday morning, workers have managed to cut the flow in half.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says officials lost control of the rig Thursday, but no injuries or pollution have been reported.

BSEE 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.

Wild gas wells tend to be less of an environmental threat than blowouts from oil wells.

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Man fatally shot at Kalamazoo sports bar

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2 dead in crash with wrong-way driver

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Girl's memorial being held at basketball arena

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Snyder signs legislation to speed up adoptions

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US judge overturns North Dakota abortion law

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GM to ask bankruptcy court for lawsuit protection

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Putin hopes no need to send troops into Ukraine

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Nearly 300 missing in SKorean ferry sinking

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Gomes, McAllister lead Indians past Tigers 3-2

DETROIT (AP) — Yan Gomes hit a two-run triple, Zach McAllister allowed a run and four hits in six innings and the Cleveland Indians held on for a 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night. ...

MI & MSU players headed for draft

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Potential Treatment for Spinal Cord Injury Patients

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Updating Nutrition Labels

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