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Swift Wellhead Brought Under Control after Collision

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Swift Energy has brought under control a well damaged by a marine vessel collision earlier this week, the company reported Friday.

The Houston-based company stopped the flow of water, oil and gas from a wellhead Thursday afternoon that was shut in at the Lake Washington field, located offshore Plaquemines Parish, La. A vessel collided with the well late Tuesday.

Swift said it was appreciative of the assistance it received from the U.S. Coast Guard, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinators Office, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and Plaquemines Parish to resolve the incident "in a safe, timely and efficient manner."

No injuries resulted from the incident, Swift said in a statement Tuesday. Primary containment boom and oil skimming equipment was deployed around the well site to protect the shorelines, facilities and private property.

Swift had shut in the well in January 2008; the well has not produced since that time. A last production test done before the well was shut in recorded production levels of 18 barrels of oil per day, three barrels of water per day and 59 thousand cubic feet per day of natural gas.



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