Title: New oil sheen prompts another investigation of BP Deepwater Horizon disaster scene
Source: Mark Schleifstein
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: Coast Guard: Oil reported near BP Deepwater Horizon site (MAP)
Published: November 16th, 2012 at 3:28 pm ET