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

Tyler Durden's picture

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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viahj's picture

they better just stay the fuck away from Yellowstone.

James's picture

Saw on .gov  site request for huge amount of both MRE's and body bags.(FEMA)


penisouraus erecti's picture

Don't they just use those black plastic coffins instead nowdays?


Mustaine, he's the best..........

CrazyCooter's picture

Be patient. More facts required. The nature of the slick (is the oil heavy or light) is important. If this a re-spill, for whatever mechanical reason, the slick will have pleny of heavier hydrocarbons. Light HCs (like diesel and gasoline) thin out quickly and actually evaporate quickly as well, where heavier HCs (like lube oil, grease, wax, and/or asphalt) hang around. The crap that washes up on the beach and covers birds are heavy HCs.

If this is only a sheen, albeit a big one, it doesn't correlate well with a new spill, which will have a spectrum of everything (a mix of light, medium, and heavy HCs).




Moe Howard's picture

This is not all. I am convinced that the west coast of the United States will have a major quake within the next thirty days.

Spitzer's picture

I think its bullshit but we will see. Lots of alex jones helicoper pilots around lately


hack3434's picture

You've lost all credibilty after your uranium stock deception. 

Long-John-Silver's picture

RTN baby! 112 Tomahawks (so far) need to be replaced. Hell, it's down a few points on Fridays close. :)

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

Sunday, March 20, 2011 1650kg of Silver fired at Libya to enable No-Fly Zone From: AlJazeeraEnglish | Mar 19, 2011 US Vice Admiral William Gortney, the director of the Pentagon's Joint Staff, briefed journalists on the first phase of the UN-backed international military operations against forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader. Note each cruise missile contains approx. 15kg of silver in wiring, contacts, solder and batteries.


JohnG's picture

How did you find that?

I've been looking for 3 hours for this information.


CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

Just plugged cruise missile silver into Google and that was on the list. On page two of the results there is a link to a post I made here at ZH earlier today. Small world!




Was hoping for something more definitive, though.

JohnG's picture

Thx.  And yeah, definitive is hard to come by on current munitions.

It's sort of depressing that I'm way long silver.

Strange mixed emotions on making dollars off of destruction.  I keep emotions out of my investing, that's getting hard.  And I'm a hardcore cynic.

Never had that before.  I'm going to go hide in my closet under a pile of coats now.  I've had all I can take the past few days.

MayIMommaDogFace2theBananaPatch's picture

I'm going to go hide in my closet under a pile of coats now.  I've had all I can take the past few days.

Straight-up honest...Sounds like a pretty good idea.

duckduckMOOSE's picture

Look at the back of the closet after you pull the coats down.  There might be a doorway to Narnia. Lookin' as real as this place lately.


mtomato2's picture


Now, wouldn't THAT just be the best thing ever?

Nothing I'd like more than to watch Aslan kick some skinny White Witch ass.

silvertrain's picture

 Thats your reason Silver will be confiscated before gold, "NATIONAL SECURITY"  I have said this for several years now..Theres also alot of Palladium in them also, although sharron epperson thinks its only use is in catalytic convertors..



bugs_'s picture

some creatures can only be killed with silver

Threeggg's picture

114 now but I could be Wrong !!!!!!!


Got that "Captcha" even after 8 shots of "Crown Royal"

On the 3rd try ............................!!!!!


Love ya ZH !!

sushi's picture


What is your secret? Most days it takes me twelve or more.

Alex Kintner's picture

Well, that's $112,000,000 down the rat hole.

Ole-MIC-Bama had a war, E-I-E-I-O .

In the middle of an undeclared Depression, he starts another war. Oh well, we'll just have to close all the libraries and steal the Social Security trust fund to pay for it.


Seer's picture

"he starts another war"

Well, when you get down to it, all this shit was stacked up a LONG time ago.  He's just executing from the Script.

Anybody thinking that this guy wouldn't do like all the others before him, that his "blackness" meant that he wouldn't also run around the globe dropping bombs on colored people, well... fucktards!  Like people didn't get it that Condi Rice was black AND a woman!

Again, the plea is to stop fucking voting!  Pull out of this system before it consumes everything!

Spitzer's picture

Those stocks where up on Friday, go look.

alien-IQ's picture

Everything was up on Friday. They gapped the market up nearly 300 points at the open...and it was down hill all day long to close barely green. So to say "those stocks were up on Friday" is really no great achievement is it? A blind monkey could have thrown a dart and hit on a stock that was up on Friday...Don't pat yourself on the back over that call.

Seer's picture

Two-dimensional viewing...

Zimbabwe had a much better showing of big numbers!

James's picture

USGS was my source. 800 earthquakes in U.S. just last week!


monopoly's picture

I sure hope it is bullshit. This is the last thing this planet needs.

Please say it is Not so.

Long-John-Silver's picture

Perhaps it's a flock of Black Swans migrating north and this oil slick is caused from their poo.

rich_wicks's picture

Yes, nothing funnier than a 2,000 square mile oil slick.

I get tired of people trying to make a joke about every damned thing.

ColonelCooper's picture

That sharp pain in your ass?  It's a stick.  Try removing it, you may like life better.

tj3's picture

I get tired of people making BAD jokes about every damned thing.

tj3, helpful being

IrrationalMan's picture

i think you mean #losing


#LOOSE would be a tag for sluts that robo posts.

Miss Expectations's picture

Shakespeare was well aware of the use of the meaning of havoc and he used 'cry havoc' in several of his plays. The 'cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war' form of the phrase is from his Julius Caesar, 1601. After Caesar's murder Anthony regrets the course he has taken and predicts that war is sure to follow.

Blood and destruction shall be so in use
And dreadful objects so familiar
That mothers shall but smile when they behold
Their infants quarter'd with the hands of war;
All pity choked with custom of fell deeds:
And Caesar's spirit, ranging for revenge,
With Ate by his side come hot from hell,
Shall in these confines with a monarch's voice
Cry 'Havoc,' and let slip the dogs of war;
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
With carrion men, groaning for burial.



bigkahuna's picture

The dogs of war have been on the run for a long time now. For some reason, it now seems like the "pack" has grown and they are running faster -- of course purveying their prescribed destruction with them.

onlooker's picture

I hope "I think its bullshit but we will see."

Long-John-Silver's picture

Obama will not let anything stand in the way of a game of Golf!

10kby2k's picture

golf? he's a wannebe cig smoking baller

Nobody special's picture


Yep, Obama's playing his Gulf game.

nasa's picture

I would like to apologize to BP for ruining their weekend.