Newspaper: New oil near Deepwater Horizon in Gulf; BP told to check area again — Pilot: Concern it’s coming from recent cracks (VIDEO)

Published: November 16th, 2012 at 3:28 pm ET


Title: New oil sheen prompts another investigation of BP Deepwater Horizon disaster scene
Source:  Mark Schleifstein
Author: Times-Picayune
Date: Nov. 14, 2012

An overflight inspection of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster site 40 miles south of Grand Isle this past weekend found a new, mile-long oil sheen, which has prompted the U.S. Coast Guard to again require BP to inspect the wellhead and debris area on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico with a remotely operated vehicle for the source of the oil. The flight was piloted by Bonny Schumaker, founder of the California-based non-profit On Wings of Care, which has conducted surveillance flights in the Gulf in the two years since the spill. […]

Title: Plenty of Oil Left Near the Deepwater Horizon!
Source: On Wings of Care
Date: Updated Nov. 11, 2012

We flew this area again yesterday, Saturday Nov 10, and spoke again with scientists aboard the research vessel Falkor, who sampled the surface oil and, more importantly, have been looking under the surface to the seafloor with their ROV and taking samples from the ocean bottom and in the water column.  Here is some of what they told us (the quotes are from Dr. Ian MacDonald of Florida State University):

[… “]Although we are seeing floating oil slicks over the MC252 site, it appears that their source is not associated with the well.  The most likely source are what are probably natural seeps to the east, associated with a salt dome. …”

[…] But the concern we probably all share is that this does not appear to be from a previously existing or at least previously documented natural seep, and therefore if this is not still residual oil from leaking hardware after 30+ months, then is it coming from some new cracks caused by the Deepwater Horizon explosion?

Report from Nov. 9: [intlink id=”coast-guard-oil-reported-near-bp-deepwater-horizon-site” type=”post”]{{empty}}[/intlink]

Published: November 16th, 2012 at 3:28 pm ET


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8 comments to Newspaper: New oil near Deepwater Horizon in Gulf; BP told to check area again — Pilot: Concern it’s coming from recent cracks (VIDEO)

  • JHewes76 JHewes76

    "Cleanup in aisle 6" We gonna need more made-made artificial biologicals deployed.Shhh. it's a secret 😉

  • 16Penny 16Penny

    So why haven't they just installed a permanent camera system down there. wouldn't it be cheaper than having to go down there and check it all the time? Also wouldn't it be better to have continuous monitoring. Maybe one of the bribe takers in the epa could pass this along to someone with a conscience.

  • davidh7426 davidh7426

    I'm sorry, but is there a game of musical chairs going on in the Gulf of Mexico.

    I was under the impression that the Deep Water Horizon disaster happened some 165 km to the ESE of Grand Isle.

    Todays oil rig fire happened 40 km to the SE of Grand Isle, to my knowledge there's nothing due south of Grand Isle other than the Mississippi Canyon…

    Unless theres something that they haven't told us about.

    It sounds like someone's getting there stories mixed.

    • Radio VicFromOregon

      In 1989?, the oil industry in cohorts with the American government detonated a nuclear bomb into the Mississippi Alluvial Plain to break up oil and gas deposits. It worked, but the product was too contaminated to use…ahem, correction…accept, i guess we're going to use it now after all cuz we want it bad enough. Anyway, this explosion added to the cracking of this mega undersea, underland plain. They should have asked some five year old first if they thought it was a good idea, but, being in a hurry, they didn't.

      As of the the past several years the methane ice layer all around the globe has started to thaw and release methane to the surface. This layer is under sea and under land both.

      In the past several weeks, there have been frequent sitings of oil slicks not far from the Macondo Deep Water Horizon Well head. It is believed by many to be coming from new cracks. But, the oil tests positive to be BP's Maconda oil. Methane is forcing the oil up out of cracks because the pressure from the methane underneath it is intensifying, or at least, is much higher than BP and many geologists considered likely.

      Today, there was another deadly rig explosion that is likely leaking oil that is located in what is considered the shallows.

      • davidh7426 davidh7426

        So basically, it's just business as usual. The Gulf of Mexico is rapidly becoming FUBAR.

        What a ****ing Omnishambles >:(

  • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

    According to Dr. MacDonald, "The most likely source are what are probably natural seeps to the east, associated with a salt dome. …” And my question is: just what is a "natural seep." for oil, and just which salt dome is he referring to?

  • markww markww

    The gulf is cracked and has been rising up on the sea floor since the Bp explosion. Some cracks run hundreds of miles across the Gulf to past Cuba and other islands.


    • davidh7426 davidh7426

      The thought of those cracks is very worrying, not just on their own account, but if they connect both to the New Madrid fault system and the Caribbean plate, then that could allow the transmission of stress from the faults ringing the pacific to the New Madrid area.

      The recent earthquake in Guatemala springs to mind.