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Flaring Of Excess Gas Captured From Leaking BP Macondo Well

Gulf of Mexico, USA

A portion of the volatile gases emanating from the Macondo well a mile below is captured and piped up to the drill ship Discoverer Enterprise which disposes of it by burning or “flaring” it off. The flare’s heat is so intense that water must constantly be sprayed on the nozzle arm to protect it from melting.