Coast Guard says reports of massive stretches of oil appear to be ALGAE -- BP contractor: "Smelled like oil" and "had to be cleaned off with solvent"


Coast Guard says substance found floating in Gulf is algae, not oil, The Times-Picayune, October 23, 2010:

A Coast Guard official said Saturday the orange substance floating in miles-wide areas of West Bay on the Mississippi River delta appears to be algae, not oil...

Lt. Cmdr. Chris O'Neil said a Coast Guard pollution investigator has collected samples near the mouth of Tiger Pass and, while those samples need to be tested in a lab, "based on his observation and what he sees in the sample jars, he believes that to be an algal bloom." ...

Times Picayune, October 22, 2010


However, boat captains working in the BP oil spill response team who first reported the sightings as oil said Saturday they were not convinced...

"I've never seen algae that looked orange, that was sticky, smelled like oil and that stuck to the boat and had to be cleaned off with solvent," said one captain, who like the others wished to remain anonymous for fear of losing their BP contracts.

See the BP/Coast Guard Lexicon according to a cleanup worker: Foamy rust-colored “Oil Mousse” now “Algae”:

[BP Vessel Of Opportunity (VOO) worker Shirley Tillman's] log from August 1 describes, in detail, an incident of the Coast Guard… deny[ing] what they found was even oil:

There was, as usual, a Coast Guard on one of the boats in our team. He called in to report it, but we were told not to drop the boom, it was just ‘Fish Oil.’ In the beginning of the clean-up operation, if something was floating on the water and it looked like oil, it was oil or oil sheen. Later they would sometimes say it was just ‘Fish Oil.’ Also, if it was heavy foam with a brown or rust color, originally it was ‘Oil Mousse.’ Later it was called ‘Algae.’ We were then told to head Northwest. The further we went, the worse the ‘Fish Oil’ got. Then, the foam was mixed in with the oil. It was at least the size of a football field, around our boat alone.

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