Report: Vessel seen sampling oil for BP near Macondo well -- Could be from "natural" seeps says spokesman (PHOTO)


Coast Guard says oil sheen 16 miles northeast of BP well too dispersed to be recovered, The Times-Picayune, September 1, 2011:

The U.S. Coast Guard says new oil spotted 16 miles northeast of the shut-in BP Macondo well is too dispersed to be recovered. [...]

[On Wings of Care pilot Bonny Schumaker] said she contacted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration vessel Okeana Explorer and the MV Sarah Bordelon, which were both in the area of the oil.

The Sarah Bordelon reported to her that it was sampling the oil for BP. [...]

[R]eporters at the Mobile Press-Register [...] collected samples of light oil that they saw bubbling to the surface near the Macondo well. The samples were determined by Louisiana State University chemists to match the chemical "fingerprint" of oil released from the Macondo well last year.

BP's Response:

  • "A spokesman from BP dismissed the report."
  • "It very well could be from natural seeps [...] What we are saying for sure is that it is not from our well head."
  • "Those statements are based on our examination of the well head as a result of a report last week of a sheen close to the spill area."

The Sarah Bordelon - CREDIT: On Wings of Care/Terese Collins & Don Abrams

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