Deepwater Horizon workers may have hit hydrocarbon pocket

(NEW ORLEANS) — The Deepwater Horizon explosion may have happened after workers unexpectedly encountered a hydrocarbon pocket, which caused pressure to build up, United Press International reported. Responders are attempting to place a containment dome over the leaking well, which is releasing an estimated 1,000 barrels of crude oil per day. They are preparing to drill a second well nearby to divert the oil away from the leaking wellhead, as the oil slick grows to 2,000 square miles and caused the evacuation of nearby rig Ocean Endeavor.
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By Professional Mariner Staff