Possible New Oil Spill 100 By 10 Miles Reported in Gulf Of Mexico (Update: Spill Photos)

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Black Swan Clusterflock +1. As if earthquakes, tsunamis, nuclear meltdowns and war was not enough, the Examiner now discloses that a replay of the BP oil spill could be in the making, sending WTI to the (super)moon, the economy collapsing, and Ben Bernanke starting the printer in advance of QE 666. To wit: "The U.S. Coast Guard is currently investigating reports of a potentially
massive oil sheen about 20 miles away from the site of the Deepwater
Horizon oil rig explosion last April." There are no definitive reports yet, but we should now for sure within hours, if the Keppel FELS built TLP is indeed the culprit: "According to Paul Barnard, operations controller for the USCG in
Louisiana, a helicopter crew has been dispatched to the site of the
Matterhorn SeaStar oil rig, owned by W&T Offshore, Inc." And if preliminary reports are correct, BP will have been the appetizer: "Multiple reports have come in of a sheen nearly 100 miles long and 10 miles wide originating near the site." If confirmed, Obama can kiss tomorrow's Rio golf outing goodbye.

Independent pilots, including John Wathen of the Waterkeeper Alliance, and Bonnie Schumaker with Wings of Care, are currently flying out to investigate the spill. Schumaker reports having seen the sheen on Friday, March 18, and confirms that it is rapidly expanding.
A Louisiana fisherman, who has chosen to remain anonymous at this time, also reports fresh oil coming ashore near South Pass, LA, and that cleanup crews are laying new boom near the beach.
The site of the sheen, near Mississippi Canyon 243, lies 30 miles from the Louisiana coastline. The Matterhorn field, at a depth of 2,789 feet (850 meters) of water, was discovered in 1999, leased and permitted in July 2001, and came into production in November 2003. It is located 30 miles SE of the mouth of the Mississippi River.
According to W&T, the field has produced an average rate of 5,200 barrels of oil per day, and has production capacities of 35,000 barrels of oil per day.

Of course, whether this is due to the Matterhorn SeaStar or a second leak that many predicted last year due to the Deepwater Horizon will also be closely evaluated this time around.

An in depth look at the SeaStar (after the jump):

And the technical specs:

Field Facts  
Location Mississippi Canyon, Block 243
Water Depth: 2,820 ft
Oil throughput: 33,000 bpod
Gas throughput: 55 MMcfd
Water Injection: 20,000 bwpd
# of production wells: 5 spare (sub-sea), 7 + 2 spare (surface)
Production Risers: 10 ¾-in, 9 5/8-in, 9 7/8-in
Export Risers: 18-in SCR (oil), 10-in SCR (gas)
SeaStar® TLP Specifications  
Payload (deck/facilities/risers): 8,425 tons
Tendons: 6 32-in
Main column dimensions: 584 ft (dia) x 125 ft (ht)
Pontoon dimensions: 179 ft (r) x 42 ft (ht)
Draft: 104 ft
Deck Dimensions: 140 x 140 ft (3 levels)
Schedule Milestones  
Project Sanction: September 2001
Platform Installation: July 2003
First Oil: November 2003

And from GulfOilSpillAction, photos of the latest supposed spill:

Update 2: Dow Jones is on it:

The U.S. Coast Guard said late Saturday that it is investigating reports of a miles-long oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Coast Guard said in a news release that it received a report of a three-mile-long rainbow sheen off the Louisiana coast at around 9:30 a.m. local time on Saturday. Two subsequent sightings were relayed to the Coast Guard, the last of which reported a sheen that extended from about 6 miles south of Grand Isle, La. to 100 miles offshore.

Though the Coast Guard was able to confirm that there is a substance on the water's surface, it has not yet been able to determine if it is oil. Petty Officer Casey Ranel said that officers who observed the substance from a helicopter said they saw no sheen associated with it. That flight was diverted from the scene on a separate search and rescue mission, however, and could not continue their investigation, the Coast Guard said in the news release.

The Coast Guard has since launched additional aircraft and boats to the scene from New Orleans and Mobile, Ala., to collect samples of the substance. Ranel said the area where the substance has been reported is about 20 miles west of where the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded last April, killing 11 and unleashing the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

Ranel said the Coast Guard has not linked the substance to any particular rig or well.

The Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, which holds oil royalties to pay for spill clean-up costs, has been opened, the Coast Guard said.

h/t @djoalpha11, @BMCapital

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RichardP's picture

... the Rapture (which ain't in the Bible ...)

A rose by any other name is still a rose?

There is a description of both the dead and the living being caught up to meet him in the air.  An event is described, even though the name isn't used to label it.

For those who might not know.

d_senti's picture

That line (1 Thess. 4:15-17) specifically mentions at the sounding of the trumpet, the dead then rising, and THEN ascending into the air to meet with Christ. A quick glance at Revelations shows that the sounding of the trumpet with the Resurrection happens at the Final Judgment, not before Antichrist.

So...no rapture. Sorry. It's a totally novel idea that no Christian believed until the last 2 centuries or so. You can believe what you want, of course, but the previous poster was right; there's no biblical basis for the belief.

bigargon's picture

i have to agree as, a christian, there is little biblical support for a pre-tribulation rapture.

quasimodo's picture

Yes, it seems the pre-trib arguement is a pacifier for many. I am a confessing Christian, but it seems hypocritical to say that we are all spared the doom described in Revelation. It makes it way to easy and comfortable.

snowball777's picture

I have to agree, as an atheist, that time spent analyzing an incomplete and oft-mistranslated canon is both futile and laughable in the extreme.

Creed's picture
100% correct since you are devoid of spiritual understanding the time would be wasted, for you by snowball777
on Sun, 03/20/2011 - 13:37


I have to agree, as an atheist, that time spent analyzing an incomplete and oft-mistranslated canon is both futile and laughable in the extreme.

snowball777's picture

You mistake me for the son who merely inherited 'a field with treasure buried in it'; don't you know the 'last shall be first'?

If you have such great 'spiritual understanding', why do you need a book to tell you again?

Creed's picture

"these words are spirit, and they are life"

the book brings spirit to the empty

snowball777's picture

"The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the spirit"

(again...those pesky translations...)

“This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.

Creed's picture

Probably 80% of those professing to be Christians today, aren't.

Christian means Christ-in.

So it's no huge surprise that the details escape the attention of those without the capacity to see.

Christ touches down twice in the end times.



d_senti's picture

That's not true either, actually. Millenarianism is a recently popular belief as well; a minority of Church Fathers professed it in the first centuries, but the view was widely rejected until the 20th c. Not to mention it doesn't make any sense, really.

But I'm guessing most people here aren't looking for religious debate, so I'll bow out now.

silverman's picture

"Any god that requires small minded bigots to speak for it is not worth the breath it takes to pray." ~ Jesper Myrfors

Big Sky's picture

Ian Fleming's story lines and plots pale in comparison to the string of events that are currently unfolding, but his characters are more appealing. Auric Goldfinger is so much more charasmatic than Gaddafi, Tony Hayward/Robert Dudley lack Dominic Greene's flair, Blythe Masters could learn a thing or two from Octopussy, Dr. No would never shed tears as Akio Komori has done and Benny B appear as a rank amateur compared to Ernst Blofeld. Too bad we cannot expect a pleasant resolution to the end of the quandry we all find ourselves in.  

SparkyvonBellagio's picture

( BUGS )  .0016 check into this oil clean-up play before it catches on again during Hurricane Season.



Manthong's picture

End of Days.

I wonder if I can swap a hundred pounds of Ag for eternal salvation?

ZakuKommander's picture

End of Days?  That was really one of Ahnold's worst movies, wasn't it?

Agent P's picture

Ever see Last Action Hero?  Raw Deal?  Junior?  Eraser?  Whatever Batman movie it was where he played Mr. Freeze?

HarryHaller's picture

Don't forget Kindergarten Cop.

Hacked Economy's picture


And his 7-year performance as our (now former) Governator.

Good riddance.

jesse livermoore's picture

I think eveyone is forgetting about...." Drumroll Please "........  Over The Top..... not surprising, it was an utterly forgetable movie........

writingsonthewall's picture

Wasn't that Stallone?

Arnie's best movie was Conan the Barbarian - and it was all downhill from there....


Rodent Freikorps's picture

Red Sonja was the worst. No competition.

spanish inquisition's picture

I liked Total Recall, PKD fan here.

Spastica Rex's picture

I'm pretty sure you are supposed to refer to yourself as a "Dickhead."

bubbahotep's picture

Over the Top - that was phony Thylvester ("I grew up in Hell's Kitchen!") Stallone. Another sociopath on the loose.

-Michelle-'s picture

Aw, I kind of liked Junior.

Agent P's picture

Just for you, I'll remove it from my list and replace it with the second Conan (the one with Grace Jones).

jmc8888's picture

Nah that one is a classic.

It's one of those, 'it's so bad, it's good.'  Especially with age.

It's even got Wilt "used the stilt on 10,000" Chamberlain.

They don't make them like this anymore boys and girls.


wisefool's picture

There are some good attempts though. I watched a made for T.V. movie on syfy called area 51. premeried feb 23.  It captured the "man... this is so bad it is good" or the "This is actually pretty decent but my brain wants to think it is bad"

Gully Foyle's picture

Uh hum, Hercules in New York. They had to dub a voice for Arnold.

And this gem

The Villain   Handsome Stranger


RichardP's picture

I wonder if I can swap a hundred pounds of Ag for eternal salvation?

That worked for Judas, right?

rich_wicks's picture

I wonder if I can swap a hundred pounds of Ag for eternal salvation?

Why do you want to end up in the same place ruled by the thing that killed every man, woman, child, fetus, kitten and puppy in the world (well, except for 2 of each "kind") in of a menical fit of rage?  Isn't this the same dude that was omnipotent and omnisicient who still decided to setup the universe in such a way that he made the rules so that his only son had to be tortured to death on a crucifix to show his psychopathic insane love of humanity?

I'll see you in Hell, at least Lucifer didn't do anything like kill the world, or even his son.  Seems like the worst he did was tempt Jesus instead of explaining to him that his dad was a freaking nutcase.

When I stop to think about it, I think Lucifer sat down, realized his boss was freaking bonkers, and quit.  God never seemed like a very nice guy.

duncecap rack's picture

Now he could just use Wikileaks.

Gully Foyle's picture


Pick up the Sandman Slim books you may enjoy them.

pazmaker's picture

Debated whether I should respond to someone who has such a warped understanding  but I think you got the two confused(God and Lucifer)....anyway have at it.

Seer's picture

I hit "tilt" at the point that Jesus Christ is "lord."  Creation killed Creation? (suicide, though suicide is condemned?)

Lots of great parables to live by, but the literal is for the crazies...

falak pema's picture

Just ring up Rodrigo Borgia's ghost and ask for an indulgence...Not the kind that allows you access to his daughter Lucreza...the other kind...towards pearly gates...

snowball777's picture

I wonder if I can swap a hundred pounds of Ag for eternal salvation?


Asked and answered...repeatedly...

Acts 8:20

Isaiah 1:22

Isaiah 30:22

James 5:3

Peter 1:18

Revelation 9:20


Fernley Girl's picture

Nope.  No coinkydink.  Oil war in the ME, oil leak in the Gulf, while these guys are in Brazil....doing what? 








Two nuclear power co's, an oil exlporation group, and good ole Clinton cohort Madeline Albright.  Not sure about IP, unless they just want to saw off all of Brazil's remaing timber.  And then GE's media groups can keep a lid on the truth, of course.

M4570D0N's picture

Japan will need a lot of timber to rebuild.

Ruffcut's picture

Alex Jones exposed some of the Bohemian Grove, so they changed the venue.

reader2010's picture

Why all the fuck comes up on weekends only? Seriously.

barkingbill's picture

well if the plan were to raise oil prices....everything, i mean everything is happening to do this......middle east unrest/invasions, nuclear plant disaster, and now another oil spill.