Well Repairs Off Texas Coast Halted Due to Tropical Storm Beta

Repairs to a leaking gas well just off the Texas coast have been halted because of Tropical Storm Beta, according to the city of Corpus Christi.

“Due to deteriorating weather conditions, offshore repairs are temporarily on hold on the Magellan E&P owned natural gas platform located near Bob Hall Pier on North Padre Island,” according to a news release from the city late Friday. “The derrick barge, a crane equipped boat used for repair, the support boat, and all personnel have departed the rig.”

The unmanned well owned by Houston-based Magellan E&P Holdings Inc. began spewing a plume of natural gas, condensate and water on Sept. 1.

There were no injuries and the city said air monitors have detected not contamination.

The city said onshore work on the repairs will continue and offshore work will resume when National Weather Service forecasts indicates winds at the platform are 15 mph (24 kph) or less and waves are lower than six feet.

Repairs to the well were delayed a week ago when the city said additional equipment was needed to replace a leaking valve and additional elements of the wellhead also needed repairs before the replacement could be completed.