New Sheen In Gulf Of Mexico Linked To Macondo Spill By Coastguard

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Just when we all thought the Macondo disaster could be put behind us and TV ads proclaim the Gulf's recovery, a sheen of oil has reappeared and the coastguard confirms it is directly linked to the Macondo well. According to WDSU, the sheen is a light oil and would be difficult to clean up. "The exact source of the sheen is uncertain at this time but could be residual oil associated with wreckage and/or debris left on the seabed from the Deepwater Horizon incident in 2010," the agency said in a release Wednesday night.

Via WDSU: Oil Sheen Near Deepwater Horizon Site From Macondo Well

NEW ORLEANS — A sheen of oil spotted near the site of the Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded and sank more than two years ago has been directly linked to the Macondo well.

 

The U.S. Coast Guard said tests have confirmed the connection.

 

"The exact source of the sheen is uncertain at this time but could be residual oil associated with wreckage and/or debris left on the seabed from the Deepwater Horizon incident in 2010," the agency said in a release Wednesday night.

 

The sheen is a light oil that would be difficult to clean up.

 

The Coast Guard found out about the oil sheen on Sept. 16 after someone spotted it on a satellite image from the multinational oil and gas company BP.

 

A Coast Guard response team went to the location to collect samples, and sent them to the Coast Guard Marine Safety Lab in Connecticut for testing

 

The service's Marine Safety Unit Morgan City is heading up the investigation of the spill. No one has reported any adverse effects on the environment or marine life, officials said.

Well, we already know that the plunge in initial claims will be one of the VP debate topics tonight. Does this mean the Macondo spill will be the other?