NOAA: Mystery sheen near BP’s relief wells from Gulf disaster — Silvery streamers up to several miles long — “Crude Oil Likely” (MAP)

Published: October 6th, 2012 at 11:51 pm ET
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Title: Mystery Sheen in Lease Block MC-252, September 2012
Source: NOAA
Posting Date 2012-Oct-05

USCG Morgan City reports that there are still mystery sheens in lease block MC- 252, but they are barely discernible. They are silvery streamers that start about 1/2 miles from the relief wells, ranging in size from 1/2 mile to 4 miles long and of varying widths. There is still no known source [...]

Published: October 6th, 2012 at 11:51 pm ET
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11 comments to NOAA: Mystery sheen near BP’s relief wells from Gulf disaster — Silvery streamers up to several miles long — “Crude Oil Likely” (MAP)

  • arclight arclight

    Mystery Sheen in Lease Block MC-252, September 2012 Gulf of Mexico off LA. 2012-Sep-17

    this report is from 17 september and no updates since?
    but found this recent report

    "As we’ve noted for years, BP’s Macondo oil well is still leaking … and will leak for years.

    For example, we noted in March:

    In June of 2010, BP officials admitted to damage beneath the seafloor under BP’s Gulf Macondo well.

    Numerous scientists have speculated that the blowout and subsequent clumsy attempts by BP to plug the well could have created new seeps, and made pre-existing natural seeps bigger.

    ***

    Washington’s Blog interviewed one of the world’s leading experts on oil leaks in 2010, Robert Bea. Dr. Bea noted that we may never be able to fully stop BP’s oil leak:

    Few people in the world know more about oil drilling disasters than Dr. Robert Bea."

    "Some of the natural seeps penetrate 10,000 to 15,000 feet beneath the seafloor. The oil will follow lines of weakness in the geology. The leak can travel several horizontal miles from the location of the leak.

    [In other words, the geology beneath the seafloor is so fractured, with soft and unstable salt formations, that we may never be able to fully kill the well even with relief wells. Instead, the loss of containment of the oil reservoir caused by the drilling accident could cause oil to leak out through seeps for years to come. "
    http://www.washingtonsblog


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  • razzz razzz

    If I read things right elsewhere, those little circle type formations in the picture below the placemark are salt domes.


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  • Radio VicFromOregon

    Ok, is it just me, or are we witnessing the dumbing down of forensics this past decade or so? Mystery sheen? Isn't it less than a few hours of testing to know the carbon markers and identifiers in any sample of oil? Wasn't there some hoopla about some of the oil found during the BP spill actually coming from another spill or an unidentified source based upon the hydrocarbon structure of the oil? BP made a big deal out of this cuz it got them off the hook for at least some of the damage. Isn't this not the most basic, simplest science? Have our forensics labs been compromised? Do they still exist anymore? Hello?


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