Aug 24 2011

BP Oil Spill Part Two?: New Oil Slick Found in Gulf

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The appearance of an oil sheen in the Gulf of Mexico near the source of last year’s major BP spill sparked new fears in a community still suffering from oil spill jitters.   BP has denied that the oil is coming from any of its wells, including the capped Macondo well that was the source of the worst oil spill in U.S. history.  They nevertheless sent boats and booms to the capped well and investigated the site with submersibles to ensure that there are no leaks.  The source of the oil sheen is not currently known, but there are several other abandoned oil wells that may be the culprits.  So far, this incident is another reminder of the ever-present danger of oil spills, which increases in offshore rigs, and the reality that minor spills and leaks from such rigs happens on a regular basis.  This summer also saw more two major oil leaks: the Shell leak in the North Sea and the ruptured ExxonMobil pipeline that spilled into the Yellowstone River.

Scientific American: “U.S. Probes Possible Oil Sheen Off Louisiana Coast”

HOUSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government said it was investigating reports of an oil sheen in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana, and BP Plc said its offshore wells were not the culprit.

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the federal offshore drilling regulator, was looking into reports of an oil sheen in the Green Canyon area of the Gulf of Mexico 100 miles south of the Louisiana coast, a bureau spokeswoman said.

Mother Jones: “A New BP Leak in the Gulf of Mexico?”

There’s apparently a new oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico, and some believe that BP may again be at fault. The sheen was spotted in roughly the same region of the Gulf as last year’s spill, but the company says it doesn’t believe it’s coming from BP’s operations. Via the Associated Press:

BP spokesman Daren Beaudo said his company had sent several remotely controlled mini-submersibles into the water over the weekend to investigate the source of the sheen — a shiny coating that floats on the surface of the water which generally comes from leaked or spilled oil — but had concluded “that it couldn’t have been from anything of ours.”

Treehugger: “New BP Spill Feared in the Gulf of Mexico”

A large sheen has been spotted in the Gulf of Mexico, and many are already pointing fingers at BP. Fears are percolating that oil is leaking from the supposedly sealed Macondo well, the site of last year’s devastating accident. The oil giant said that it has sent mini-subs out to investigate, but BP is already denying that its operations have anything to do with the sheen. Local investigators aren’t so sure.

The AP reports on BP’s investigation, noting that the company said today that “the sheen was found near two abandoned exploration well sites in the Green Canyon Block in the Gulf of Mexico.

CBS: “BP probes Gulf sheen, denies being source”

(AP)LONDON – A new oil sheen has been spotted in the Gulf of Mexico, although energy company BP said Thursday the discovery had nothing to do with its operations and was far from the site of its disaster-hit Macondo well.

A spokesman for another company involved in investigating the sheen said he believed it had already dissipated since being first spotted last week.

BP spokesman Daren Beaudo said his company had sent several remotely controlled mini-submersibles into the water over the weekend to investigate the source of the sheen — a shiny coating that floats on the surface of the water which generally comes from leaked or spilled oil — but had concluded “that it couldn’t have been from anything of ours.”

 

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