New drilling platform above BP’s Deepwater Horizon wellhead in Gulf — Many large oil slicks nearby (VIDEOS)

Published: December 5th, 2012 at 9:42 am ET
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Title: Status of slicks from the Gulf’s Black Bay to the Macondo
Source: On Wings of Care
Photos: j. Brayton Matthews of Flightline First at New Orleans’ Lakefront Airport
Date: December 2, 2012
h/t Louisiana Sinkhole Bugle

Source: On WIngs of Care; Photo By: j. Brayton Matthews

[...] We were surprised to find a new drilling platform sitting almost right over the wellhead, and a large drillship also in the vicinity. We were dismayed to find many large surface slicks in the area [...]

The new platform that has appeared over the Deepwater Horizon wellhead bears the name “ENSCO 8502″. There was a fairly large slick about 2 miles northeast of it, about 2 nm long and about 100 m wide. But an even larger slick extended northwest almost directly from the new platform — this one almost 2 sq nm (4 sq km) in size.

[...] There is another slick about 1 nm to the east, which is about the same size as the smaller one to the north. Finally, there was yet another slick south of here, which was about 1 nm long (north-south) and about 50 m wide.

About 10 nm south of the ENSCO 8502 platform and the wellhead, we found a large mobile drillship [...] A small oil slick was adjacent to this drillship running westward about 500 m, about 10 m in width. Another 2 nm farther south was a working BP platform “MC474A”, which was flaring and which also had a small slick extending westward from it, about the same size, roughly 500 m in length and about 10 m wide. [...]

About 12 nm north of the Deepwater Horizon wellhead, southwest of Whiting Dome, we saw another large surface slick [...] This area is not included in a list of known natural seeps that we have surveyed for scientists in the Gulf, and we have not documented it in prior years, so more research is needed [...]

See all footage from the December 2 flyover here

Published: December 5th, 2012 at 9:42 am ET
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13 comments to New drilling platform above BP’s Deepwater Horizon wellhead in Gulf — Many large oil slicks nearby (VIDEOS)

  • markww markww

    I HAVE A QUESTION FOR EACH PERSON TO CHECK OUT

    1. ANYONE IN THE SINKHOLE AREAS THAT HAVE WELL WATER NOTICED THEIR WATER GETTING HOT AND THIS INCLUDES LOUISIANA.

    2. ANYONE THAT HAVE RAIN GUTTERS THAT RUN DOWN TO THE GROUND ANY PLACE IN THE USA— > FEEL THE DOWN SPOUTS FOR VIBRATIONS. HAVE YOU HEARD ANY MOANING FROM THEM ? THESE ARE SOME REPORTS STARTING UP

    this is important seismographs picking up some low frequency type vibrations. I have been picking them up on mine and sometimes it starts and stops every few hours or so.

    Could this be the under the USA Methane Dome Vibrating? or lava movement or the melting oF the dome. There was a talk show about these and other weird things happening, but the mot interesting ones would be the gutter down spouts and the water in wells heating up.

    FOR THOSE IN OHIO NEAR THE NEWLY FORMED SINKHOLE watch for bubbles water heating and vibrations in the water or near and in your homes.

    Markww


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Oh, great. Now the oil companies don't even have to put booms out to contain their oil slicks. They don't have to send out skimmers to get the oil out of the water. Just keep pumping, boys! Drill, baby, drill.


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  • PurpleRain PurpleRain

    Markww, there has been some talk among women near and far … who have been experiencing strange internal-type vibrations (no joke) that start and stop over two or three day intervals…but most women will not talk about it in mixed company. Some have gone to their doctors about it even. Just wanted to mention this to you. Radchick and myself even discussed it.


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  • PurpleRain PurpleRain

    https://www.google.com/#hl=en&tbo=d&output=search&sclient=psy-ab&q=women+experiencing+vaginal+vibrations&oq=women+experiencing+vaginal+vibrations&gs_l=hp.3…1823.26090.0.26752.37.31.0.6.6.0.106.2199.30j1.31.0.les%3B..0.0…1c.1.QrcPvJJxziE&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&fp=cb629d3c6571b600&bpcl=39650382&biw=1378&bih=1260


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  • markww markww

    Thanks Purple for that interesting.

    ALSO looks like now BP wants to drill in the same spot again. They did say they would after meeting with Obama. The president stopped most of the drilling and said South America can drill the president has stocks in the Southern drilling companies, and why does Bp get to re-drill the same site This is not right they will restart the whole thing over again.

    Mark


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    • Radio VicFromOregon

      Ok, markww, maybe you can help answer my questions. I'm asking around and still am no smarter than when i started. What is the deal with methane and oil extraction? How did methane effect the BP well blowout, if at all? Is it possible there are areas of methane that are undiscovered? Does methane always indicate the presence of oil? I thought that was hydrogen sulfide, not methane. Just trying to learn so that i can hold a decent conversation with Thad for one, and for two, because methane keeps coming up in discussions and then is quickly dismissed as irrelevant, inconsequential, or not at all potentially dangerous, yet, my logic says that there is more to it than that. I know your views on the methane hydrates and the fault zone, but, what about just ordinary oil drilling or even deepwater drilling? Any ideas?


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      • markww markww

        Don't worry about THAD you do not need to discuss the matter it starts internet fights.

        look up methane and bp explosion.

        http://voices.yahoo.com/methane-gas-explosion-gulf-could-kill-millions-6323176.html


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        • Radio VicFromOregon

          markww, i found some sites that give me the info i'm searching for. Thx. I did learn some things, though, from our discussion. According to Thad, the only issue at Macondo was BP altering two cement plugs and all else is normal and natural, including the seeps. He said that was what the fine was for – messing around with the plugs they bought from Halliburton which made them fail. I don't agree with his assessment, but, it is an insider view. This says to me that history got rewritten in the legal process, very likely much was not admissable, and they can redrill such a dangerous site because they had deliberately created the danger rather than the danger is actually in the site itself. Analysis of the logic and ethics can fill volumes. Last time i heard the methane was at 40% and at unbelievable PSI. He also said, which again is industry belief, that a periodic seep, at least one, existed prior to the drilling, and BP will not be liable to clean it up. My thinking is that even if BP somehow increased the seep activity through the release of methane hydrates, they would still not be held liable. So, this oil will be going where it will without intervention.


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  • irhologram

    Purple. Hm. For a few years now…not sure when it started, maybe four times a year, I too get this noiseless buzzing…when I never had it before in my life… Like KmPeterson in the comments section… (Her words). weird buzzing/vibrating sensation in the front, left pubic bone area. It's extremely annoying and is keeping…

    I don't bother with thinking about it other than it IS odd. I thought it was some kind of circulatory clog up that was releasing itself…and that then the nervousq system became involved. I'm not so sure what it is…but it could easily be the effect of electromagnetic interference/pollution.


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  • Ron

    Look for the oil industry to be using corexit not just in emergencies but routinely, to cover up their toxic messes.


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