Pilot finds more oil bubbling up at Macondo on consecutive days -- BP denies crude is leaking, inspects relief well with ROV (PHOTO)


Pilot finds oil bubbling up at Deepwater Horizon well again; BP reports no leaks, Press-Register by Ben Raines, August 26, 2011, 8:50 pm EDT:

[...] BP PLC officials reported finding no apparent leaks in the seal on the Deepwater Horizon well or the relief well after a Thursday night inspection in the Gulf of Mexico with a submersible robot. [...]

Bonny Schumaker, president and lead pilot of On Wings of Care

Bonny Schumaker

[Schumaker] made the original sighting of oil on Aug. 19. Her photographs from the air led to the newspaper’s visit to the well site by boat.

Schumaker returned to the well area on Thursday and Friday and made aerial photographs of hundreds of blobs of oil on the surface both days. She reported seeing one Coast Guard cutter in the area Thursday, though not near where she spotted the oil.

During the Friday flight, she guided a team of private researchers aboard a boat to the oil. [...]

The Reaction

BP officials were unaware that Schumaker found oil both Thursday and Friday, and requested the GPS coordinates.

Coast Guard officials asked for Schumaker’s phone number.

h/t Florida Gal

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