November, 1987

This is a repeating event

198704NovAll DayBourbon Blowout 1987Shell Bourbon Field (US-GM)Industry:OffshoreCountry:United StatesLanguage:ENLoC:Overpressure Origin: Marsh Incident:BlowoutHazards:FlammableImpact:HUMAN (On Site At Risk)Effects:EnvironmentalMaterial:Methane


Sustained casing head pressure leaked from the production casing into the outer casing strings, resulting in the failure of one of the casing strings. This caused an underground blowout that resulted in extensive damage to the platform and a gas plume around the platform. The well was killed to stabilize conditions on the seabed.

[ Property Damage $200 Million. Estimated Current Value $479 Million ]

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