Oil sheen just offshore Tampa Bay area; “Up to a mile long” (PHOTO)


Coast guard finds fuel sheen off coast of Clearwater, St. Petersburg Times, July 1, 2010:

The Coast Guard discovered a possible fuel sheen about four miles west of Clearwater Beach on Thursday, officials said. ...

A helicopter crew from the Clearwater station spotted the sheen while on patrol Thursday afternoon.

Oil Spill: fuel sheen found off Clearwater Beach, WTSP Tampa Bay, July 2, 2010:

A fuel sheen up to a mile long has been found off shore from Clearwater Beach...

The sheen was discovered by a Coast Guard helicopter on a routine patrol at about 1:20 p.m. Thursday.

The crew picked up a marine science technician to observe it, and determined there were several areas of light sheen up to a mile long about four miles west of Clearwater Beach, the Coast Guard said, "This appears to be an illegal discharge of fuel," said Capt. Tim Close, commander of Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg. ...

Oil sheen 4 miles from Clearwater (WTSP Tampa Bay)

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