Crude oil seen in water by blowout in Gulf — AP: Sheen reported each day since incident began — First estimated at 7,000 gallons a day (PHOTOS)

Published: July 26th, 2013 at 9:27 pm ET


SkyTruth, July 24, 2013: We just saw this report filed (we assume) by Walter Oil and Gas with the Coast Guard’s National Response Center claiming that there is a crude oil spill associated with this incident, and estimating that the spill rate is 7 barrels (294 gallons) per hour.

Los Angeles Times, July 26, 2013: A slight sheen associated with spilled oil is still being detected on the water’s surface but is dissipating, according to a joint statement by the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, the Coast Guard, and the company involved, Walter Oil & Gas Corp.

AP, July 26, 2013: A slight sheen was visible again but quickly dissipating Friday […] Light sheens, quickly dissipating, have been reported each day since the blowout. In addition to government monitoring, scientists from a multi-institutional project called the Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf Consortium plan a cruise Saturday to gather water samples.

View photos of the oil here

Published: July 26th, 2013 at 9:27 pm ET


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12 comments to Crude oil seen in water by blowout in Gulf — AP: Sheen reported each day since incident began — First estimated at 7,000 gallons a day (PHOTOS)

  • norbu norbu

    Deja vu!

  • irhologram

    So, no oil, but unless the ocean is teaming with fish, don't those look like mighty big bubbles to you? Yes, oil is devastating, but it's the gas that you need to FEAR! And now that it "bridged over," how are they going to fix the blow out, with all that loose sand/sediment on top of the pipes…and meanwhile, what will stop the pressure release of the cumulative, toxic, suffocating, explosively flammable gas cocktail? Oh. Nothing.

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    tra la la, oh such fun
    gathering samples one by one
    we are scientists smart and true
    analyze data, thats what we do

    one then two, three then four
    dolphins dead then a thousand more
    but dont you worry dont you fear….
    were gonna study it one more year

    if you still wonder what is wrong
    trust the coast guard, hear their song
    hand in hand with the company
    singing happy songs for you and me

    tra la la, tee hee hee,
    the poison dispersed, gone from the sea.
    scientist, coast guard, government men
    all working together, happy again

    • irhologram

      VERY well done! What tune do you think might work, too? We need a little tune, that delights to be sung, like children's songs and nursery chants, for example, Eensy beensy spider went up the water spout," Ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall," "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt," Jebus was in angst for immediate action. I offered a detailed plan for mobilization last fall. In such a plan, "Tra la la, Hee, hee, hee," would be embedded for those target e-mails who's audio is automatic. It would play only once. I would change the entry about the Coast Guard. There are more important points, like killing the plankton and setting an up H2S anaerobic life cycle, and besides, in entering a massive PR campaign, there's no use in fragmenting possible support if you don't have to. PR Elements like "Tra la, la, la" aren't worthy of our serious image? The last thing the press is going to look at is serious, unless you entice them. Think how nature does it: the oasis Venus Fly Trap and the insect, the beautiful flower and the bee, women and men (lol). If you're going to get massive results, you're going to have to run a populist campaign. Then our "Link Library" would be indexed by subject, using material from our posts. There are many stages and modalities to this campaign. The e-blasts are a small component. What you want is what's called "Buzz." You want to be on Good Morning America. You don't want to be arrested with no press coverage.

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        See this oil rig blowout from 1993. Awesome footage of the Actinia.

        oh bungalow bill, what did you kill?

        The public will only listen to rhyming two liners.

        Nothin finer than a rhymin' two liner. Lets be clear; Obamas speeches go down good with beer.

        fukushima story cant be told in all its glory
        Filled with facts its way too long; three mile stare on account of sayin it wrong.

        favorite injunction; brevity
        Even TheBigPicture cant make that shorter!

  • WindorSolarPlease

    Are they going to order more corexit, more synthia bugs, or will they experiment with something new?

    Our poor world…How long do they think they can keep abusing it?

  • Lion76 Lion76

    100 year Evolution of Oil and Gas Wells in Louisiana

  • jec jec

    Oil leak follows the initial gas/methane venting. Venting, leak, sheen..all sounds so ..well scientific. Basically, the methane is lighter than the crude, is on top in the deposit.and leaks out first. Then the oil follows. I do not think the USCG or EPA or the oil company or the scientists KNOW what is going on here any more than they have an idea of what is happening in Bayou Corne's sinkhole and saltdome collapse OR Fukushima's ongoing radiation pollution of the Pacific, and rest of the world.

    On the radiation from Fukushima, if it was JUST a JAPANESE problem, then what has happened would be just genocide of the Japanese race or those living in Japan. Unfortunately, its a world problem -and getting worse by the minute. Genocide of mammals will be a first step in this. Plants and some reptiles might ("might") survive. Whatever does, the world will be very different. But let the scientists 'research' and develop theories. That is all WE will have….pie in the sky for both the oil leaking mess in the Gulf of Mexico, Bayou Corne Sinkhole, and Japan.

  • ftlt

    I remember back during the BP spill story. how, the term and stats for "naturally occurring GoM oil seepage" was put forth… It is a massive number…

    Is this spillage going to be thrown into that total???

    HHAHAHAHHA, how convenient… It is so easy to spin a yarn, when you own the means of information and research…

    The well paid folks that put this stuff out are called """"Scientists"""""

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Permit granted for drilling project to plug offshore natural-gas well where blowout and fire occurred
    July 28 2013

    And the relief well is somehow going to circumvent the gas 'pocket" and make target?

  • williama

    Whatever does, the globe will be very different. But let the researchers 'research' and create concepts.

  • williama

    Our systems are designed to store fat in the belly, hip and legs, waist and buttocks so we can have a sound maternity in the event of a period of hunger.