Nearly 50 Rescued From Rig After Offshore Blowout

NEW ORLEANS (July 23, 2013)--Federal officials say natural gas, but not oil, is flowing uncontrollably from a well off the Louisiana coast, forcing the evacuation of 47 workers aboard an oil rig.

No injuries were reported.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said inspectors who flew over the site Tuesday saw a light sheen covering an area about a half-mile by 50 feet, but it was dissipating quickly.

The bureau says the leak happened Tuesday morning about 55 miles offshore.

Earlier this month, a gas well leaked for several days before being sealed off the Louisiana coast.

In 2010, an oil rig exploded off the state's coast, leading to a blowout that spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf in the worst offshore disaster in the U.S.

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