View the Coast Guard’s incident report on the matter here
Title: Coast Guard investigating oil sheen at BP Deepwater Horizon disaster site
Author: Mark Schleifstein
Date: October 03, 2012
The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating an oily sheen spotted in the Gulf of Mexico last month near the site of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill 40 miles south of the Mississippi River, a spokesman said Wednesday. [...]
The Coast Guard’s National Response Center was first notified of the sheen on Sept. 16 in a report that said it was spotted on satellite imagery, and had not been visually confirmed. [...]
The sheen was later reported on a new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration web site tracking environmental incidents nationwide. [...]
The report also said BP was sending a vessel equipped with a remotely-operated underwater vehicle to the area to investigate the potential source of oil.
Title: Breaking news: New oil sheen near site of Deepwater Horizon disaster
Source: Stuart H. Smith
Date: Oct 3 2012
Experts had predicted such oil leaks would likely take place after the Deepwater Horizon rig was capped. That’s because the blocked oil continues to seek a path to the surface, and that could create fissures or cracks in the sea floor for the hydrocarbons to escape. This situation is exactly what we’d warned about in 2010 — that the rig diaster, caused by BP’s reckless and foolish actions, would continue to wreak havoc on the Gulf environment for years to come.
Title: In the tank? Feds scrub incident report about Gulf spill near BP rig
Source: Stuart H. Smith
Date: Oct 4 2012
Here’s what the initial report from NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration said:
This hotline is being started for new reports of sheen of unknown origin in and near lease block Mississippi Canyon 252. This incident is likely related to reports in August 2011 (See incident #8345, Aug2011). Although the source of these sheens may be the wrecked BP Macondo Well, this relationship has not been established at this time. Activities include daily overflights sponsored by BP, with USCG or NOAA observers on board intermitently. BP is sending a vessel to the area with an ROV to investigate the potential source.
However, that report is no longer on the web site as of last night. Instead, this is what visitors see instead:
Incident #8510 does not exist, has been deleted, or you do not have permission to view it.
Published: October 4th, 2012 at 9:24 am ET
- Feds: Oil in Gulf leaking from BP’s containment dome, not Macondo well — Samples sent for matching analysis — Sea floor inspection for seepage NOT mentioned October 18, 2012
- Officials concerned oil may be escaping from locations on sea floor away from BP’s Macondo well in Gulf — CEO pressed for answers October 16, 2012
- Coast Guard: 4-mile stretch of oil has appeared near BP’s Macondo well in Gulf October 4, 2012
- Newspaper: New oil near Deepwater Horizon in Gulf; BP told to check area again — Pilot: Concern it’s coming from recent cracks (VIDEO) November 16, 2012
- *Confirmed* Gov’t: Oil reported in Gulf matches BP’s Macondo Well October 11, 2012