ROV now in vicinity of BP’s oil sheen — Concern seabed in Gulf fractured, causing new leaks

Published: October 17th, 2012 at 5:01 am ET


Title: Robot Submarine Seeks Oil Sheen Source Near Deepwater Horizon Site
Source: Dow Jones Newswire
Author: Alison Sider
Date: October 15, 2012

A submarine robot is seeking the source of a surface oil sheen that matched oil from the massive 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday.


Brett Clanton, a spokesman for BP, said the company is in the process of implementing the plan approved last week, which consists of surveys by remotely operated vehicles of the seafloor infrastructure, as well as wreckage and debris at the Deepwater Horizon site [Note: There is no mention of surveying the seafloor in general, only the infrastructure. See [intlink id=”congressmen-concerned-oil-is-escaping-from-locations-on-sea-floor-away-from-bps-macondo-wellhead-ceo-pressed-for-answers” type=”post”]{{empty}}[/intlink]].


Petty Officer William Colclough, a spokesman for the Coast Guard, said Monday that the remote-operated submarine is working “in the vicinity of the sheen” in concert with an offshore supply vessel. A Coast Guard staff member is capturing images.


The sheen was first reported by BP on Sept. 16 about 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana and in the same production block where the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded. The Coast Guard, BP and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have since monitored the sheen.

Title: U.S. Lawmakers Press BP for Oil Slick Probe
Source: Xinhua
Date: Oct. 17, 2012

U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday sent a letter to British oil giant BP seeking a briefing by the end of this month on the company’s investigation of an oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico that has been traced to oil from the company’s blown-out Macondo well, U.S. media reported.


Environmental groups have raised concerns that the drilling of relief wells to cut off the flow of oil and the failure of the original well may have fractured the sediments, causing new leaks. After Hurricane Isaac struck the Gulf Coast earlier this year, reports from several coastal locations indicated the storm’s surge had uncovered mats of oil on a number of beaches.

Published: October 17th, 2012 at 5:01 am ET


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29 comments to ROV now in vicinity of BP’s oil sheen — Concern seabed in Gulf fractured, causing new leaks

  • vivvi

    So, do we get to see it, or will we just have to take their word for it. Any cameras? I remember seeing heaps of oil and methane gushing up from the seafloor back when this originally blew, but mysteriously all that went quiet, and the cameras went away. I guess it has still been going on from that day to this, only we haven't been allowed to see.

  • markww markww

    I wrote Ed Markey
    Member of Congress as to cameras and to also Contact The Russian ambassador and talk to him and get the information back as to the submarine that was in the Gulf Of Mexico and find out all he can as to their survey's. The Submarine had been in the Gulf for 6 months undetected by our Military Forces so we have security problems too besides this ongoing disaster.


      …security problems markww? You'd be hard-pressed to find one genuine patriot in our nation's hallowed halls of representative government. The only reason the traitors haven't detonated the big one over our heads, is because they're still enjoying the cold beer…

    • PurpleRain PurpleRain

      Mark, what was that previous link you had posted about a Gulf Thermal theory or something similar? It was a Vimeo link I think? I started to look at it, but didn't have the time and I didn't save the link..and have tried to search for it but had not found it again. I'd like to take another look at that please. (Thanks-if you see this note).

      • markww markww

        Gosh I have forgotten already sorry about that HOWEVER ill try to find out something Mark

        • PurpleRain PurpleRain

          Thanks Mark. Maybe I can find it in my history…. lol. All I remember was it was Vimeo and it was about the Gulf heating up and expanding or something. No biggie. I'll probably happen upon it another day or time. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Sickputer

      Great idea… Have Obama directly contact Putin and while congratulating him on the stealth of their new sub, ask him if the sub saw any ecological disasters. Couldn't hurt and we may need the Russians on our side in the future. The Chinese may need some massaging when they get really going with their new navy.

      I am serious… We need a president that is not afraid to ask for help.

  • arclight arclight

    Texas landowners take a rare stand against Big Oil


    Associated Press= SUMNER, Texas (AP) โ€” Oil has long lived in harmony with farmland and cattle across Texas, a symbiosis built on an unspoken honor code that allowed agriculture to thrive while oil was extracted.

    Enter TransCanada.

    As the company pursues construction of a controversial 1,179-mile-long cross-country pipeline meant to bring Canadian tar sands oil to South Texas refineries, it's finding opposition in the unlikeliest of places: oil-friendly Texas.

    In the minds of some landowners approached by TransCanada for land, the company has behaved like arrogant foreigners, unworthy of operating in Texas.

    To fight back, insulted Texas landowners are filing dozens of lawsuits, threatening to further delay a project that has already encountered many obstacles.
    Others are allowing activists to go on their land to stage protests….!
    Several have been arrested….!

  • Cisco Cisco

    There is a documented history of BP falsification of data and concealing critical facts. And, now they are charged with discovering/reporting on where the oil is coming from.

    How are we going to know whether weโ€™re seeing whatโ€™s happening now, or BP just recycling previous video footage that was edited out because those scene shots were static/devoid of oil/gas activity?

    Once again, our government will charge the fox to guard the chickens. Government intelligence is what they call that.

    BK Lim, Matt Simmons, Stuart Smith and some other oil exploration experts, contend there is another well or 2 that were used by BP to fake, capping the gusher. Additionally, these folks also have said, the seafloor was irreparably fractured by BP in their reckless quest of drilling multiple wells to tap the Macondo formation.

    I'll bet you won't see any seeps that can't be described as "natural". And in the end it will be another whitewash, but you will have seen it on TV. โ€œ It must be true, I saw it on TV.โ€

    "Move along folks, there's nothing here for you to see.โ€

  • WindorSolarPlease

    I believe we have new traveling leaks and I think it also has old leaks, I doubt this has ever totally stopped.
    I believe things have been withheld from the public, and I even question the death of Matt Simmons.
    I do believe this is more serious than they let on.

    I don't blame Russia for checking the situation out. I would like to hear their findings.

    It's a shame they did not feel comfortable knocking on our door and letting us know they wanted to see the Gulf. Countries need to start working together. This is one world, we all live on it.

    Countries should work together for the betterment of the environment on this earth. This is one goal they should work on together. Maybe this one goal would bring everyone together for a peaceful trusting relationship?
    However, nothing can be accomplish for the betterment with greed, power, ego in the mix.

    I would like to see the camera's in different area's, and the stopping of toxic chemicals, if they are still being used.

    I am not surprised of new leaks, it's like a bent hose it has to come out elsewhere.

    • omniversling

      "Countries need to start working together."

      Too true WSP..but dont assume that the the Russians really did stay undetected around the US coast for all that time…such an 'embarrassment' for the US Navy would surely result more funds to 'improve' the US coastal defence…no?

      As well as the ISS, the US and the Russians are collaborating at the higher level than government, the shadow government (AKA Military Industrial Complex)…the bankers, investors, war-funders that pull the strings of the politicians, the ones who own the political process, the ones Eisenhower warned about…

      This was one study done by the Russians that was public:

      Eisenhower's "Military-Industrial Complex" Speech Origins and Significance

      Relevance to the thread? Easy…civilian nuke power consumes more electricity (too chap to meter) than it produces over it's lifetime, but does produce plutonium for A-bombs. Follow the money..

      Link to quotes that define the goals of those seeking a 'One World Order', and warnings of those that are not so sure if it's a good idea, or the destiny of humankind.

      Great documentary on Social Engineering: how our species has been turned into deaf dumb and blind mice in a maze…

      Thanks admin and all you enenewsers for being here, for your input, comments, support etc…truly appreciated in these testing…

  • omniversling


    haha, just when I thought nothing could go wrong, and the character counter told me I had 28 characters left…cut off…! Must be Stuxnet in the air…gauges and dials showing incorrect readings whilst my word centrifuge spins out of control..

    testing times…

  • irhologram

    Oh, please. Russian troops are in this country courtesy of "The Land of the Free," and training with the good old U.S> of us. Google it. What? You didn't know? You think a Russian sub can go undetetected in the Gulf for six months????? PUULLLEEEZE. My conjecture? It was a monitoring verification of a world scope problem they've KNOWN was earthchanging and involved other, well we used to called them sovereign countries, but.., involved other continental population centers. What do you think happened?

    • Sickputer

      The Russian silent sub is a new breed and it probably did escape detection for about a month before heading to Cuba. The Russians are going to sell some to Chavez… So soon the ocean depths will be even more crowded.

      The US government likes to point to the $150 billion per year spent on defense by the Chinese as provocative, but the US DoD budget for 2012 is $700 billion. True, the Chinese get the bonus of conscript labor, but still the US outspends the Chinese by 4 times as much despite the huge population disparity (China at 20% of the world population versus the US with less than 5% of the world's population.

  • Why ask the Russians? Doesn't the USA still run a fleet of nuclear subs?

    Do they really have to ask BP to go down there? Really? And the American navy has not a clue what is going on below the Gulf. Right.

    • richard richard

      they'll know how many pimples you have and how many times you've written 'revolution', but anything related to environmental security, pfft! and you USA citizens keep paying your taxes for these 'services'.

    • WindorSolarPlease

      Why ask the Russians, because they have been in the area and US have been closed lipped about this disaster. Maybe they are willing to tell the public?

      Yes US has subs and they have been down there, and still the public has not been updated.

      I also have a hard time believing US didn't know they were there in the Gulf.

      They weren't there to hurt anyone or else they would have tried. I can't blame them for checking out a horrible situation. Just like we probably have checked out the Fukushima disaster, and still no US media report on that disaster either.

    • Sickputer

      If the subs could go that deep then the president could order the subs to look at Deep Water Horizon. But the problem is our best subs will collapse from pressure at 2500 feet deep. BP's blowout rig is in 5,000 feet of water. So the Russian sub wouldn't be much help because it also can't reach the ultra deep ocean floor.

      The US navy or BP have to use ROVs (remotely-operated vehicle with a cable to a top water vessel) as described in this article:

      Another cool technology, although they can't go as deep as the ROV is the Seaglider developed by iRobot (of Roomba vacuum cleaning fame):

      • WindorSolarPlease

        Hi Sickputer

        I believe you are right that, subs can only go so far down without collapsing. They use the subs to use their other equipment testing and so on.
        If BP can put a camera in place, I think US Government and Russia can also.

        What I question is if, the US asked the Russians to go on a secret mission with them, asking for international help? (just a question no facts).

        • WindorSolarPlease

          What I meant about a secret mission was about international help with seeing if they had any idea's on how to fix the Gulf. Like I said this is a question not fact.

  • ftlt

    What is happening to this site? Where have all the informed on topic contributors gone???… They have most likely fled to find another site…
    When did it become an Alex Jones / Rense libertarian like chat-play-room???..
    This has now gone completely over the top… It started with the quoting of the Daily Mail tabloid article on Climate Change – like it was a scientifically reliable site.. Holy moly!!!
    Now it is on to the Russian threat to America… Hades Bells!!!
    Arnie and others must be shaking their heads when reading this stuff…
    I do not normally comment on here… I was content to read the mostly reasonably substantiated information and informed intelligent dialogue submitted by others on here… I done this on a daily basis since the Fukushima event occured… It seems like those days are coming to an end…


      @ftlt: had you the familiarity with enenews that you claim, you'd have know there is a forum for such – off-topic – comments:

    • WindorSolarPlease

      ftlt I don't see where anyone said this
      Quote: Now it is on to the Russian threat to America

      There are people who are learning, giving comforting words during a hard time, and there are people in here with a lot of information who are very intelligent. All these people add to this wonderful site.

      If you don't like it here move along, but no one here deserves to be rudely criticized about their posts.

      AFTERSHOCK is correct there is an off topic section.


        @WindorSolarPlease: I'd bet my best hunting dog that ftlt's post was only intended to impugn the efforts of those who frequent this site and that he/she has no genuine interest in what we're doing out here; other than doing 'their' best to stop it. And I seriously doubt this 'person' has made any qualitative contributions to this site. It's all about endless efforts to undermine and create insecurity. This is just more of the creepiness by those who desire to poison the well of life…

        • WindorSolarPlease

          AFTERSHOCK I don't know what this person is up to.

          I just like this site and the people are great with their information and have been a source to gather together going through these one after one disasters.

          I guess today was not a day to get on my bad side.

          There are times we don't agree and that's ok, we are trying to sort through the muck with little information.

          However, criticizing people is something different.

      • GlowInTheDark GlowInTheDark

        Thanks to Admin's relentless effort to gather latest nuclear news, enenews is still the best site!!

        One cannot control what people might say, if Admin thinks it's way too out of OT or spam then I'm sure such posts were deleted or we would have been told to get back on track.

        There are people with different experties/interest/view who contributes here which makes the site something for everyone.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    Is there a link to the official report on discoveries from the ROV?