On Jaunary 2, 2000, Callon Petroleum Company experienced a natural gas blowout while drilling the No. 2 test well at South Marsh Island Block 261 in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico approximately 70 miles south of Lafayette, Louisiana. R&B Falcon's jackup Cliffs 153 was drilling the well at the time of the incident. All personnel were safely evacuated from the rig. Because this is a natural gas well, there is no pollution. Adverse weather conditions prevented re-boarding of the rig until January 5th, however, a preliminary inspection indicates that there is only minimal damage to the rig. On January 8th, drilling fluid was pumped into the well as part of the well control procedures. Everything went as planned with no drilling fluid returns being emitted from the well casing. The well should be plugged with cement within the next several days.

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