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Oil Spill Reported Near Deepwater Drilling Site in Gulf

Rocky Kistner

Posted March 19, 2011

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Update March 20, 2011: A Coast Guard officer with a command center in Morgan City, LA, said today the Coast Guard has confirmed that oil is not coming from the Deepwater Horizon well but that they have found what appear to be smaller oil slicks in the Gulf. Their investigation into reports of large oil slicks is continuing. Additional photos and information from pilots John Wathen and Bonnie Schumaker who flew over the area yesterday are expected to be released today.

The Coast Guard is investigating reports of a potentially large oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico not far from the Deepwater Horizon site. According to a knowledgeable source, the slick was sighted by a helicopter pilot on Friday and is about 100 miles long. A fishing boat captain said he went through the slick yesterday and it was strong enough to make his eyes burn.

According to the Times Picayune, the Coast Guard has confirmed they are investigating a potentially large 100 mile slick about 30 miles offshore. They are going to a site near the Matterhorn well site about 20 miles north of the BP Deepwater Horizon site, according to the paper. The Matterhorn field includes includes a deepwater drilling platform owned by W&T Technology. It was acquired last year from TotalFinaElf E&P.

Independent pilots are attempting to reach the slick today. Bonnie Schumaker with Wings of Care reported she saw a slick two days ago and is attempting to reach the site.

Photos of oil slick in Gulf off Grand Isle, LA, March 18-19, 2011    

Jerry Moran / Stuart Smith


Also, another Louisiana fisherman reports that fresh oil is coming ashore near South Pass, LA, and that cleanup crews are laying new boom near the beach. He also reports that cleanup crews in four-wheeled vehicles were patrolling the beaches near the marsh filled coast spraying a substance on the beach.

Cleanup crews are still operating along the marshes and beach areas of Louisiana and other gulf states. The Bay Jimmy of Louisiana's Barataria Bay remains heavily oiled.

Oil is also being discovered in more populated areas too. With spring break coming, students and tourists are already heading to the Gulf to escape the winter up north. Recently a group of Missouri college kids came across oil off the beaches of Pensicola. "We were fishing with nets for shells, we call it shelling, and it was just brown, I thought it was shark poop at first," one incredulous student told local Pensacola station WEAR-TV.

"It kind of did surprise me with all the efforts I thought BP was making to clean up but obviously as you can see, there's still so much to do," said another.

Check out the entire TV report here.

More spring breakers will likely come in contact with oil as they migrate in greater numbers to the Gulf. Residents across the coast complain they continue to see oily sheen and a white dispersant like mix washing in, leaving unusual blobs of brown foam that sometimes shine like tiny rainbows on the shore.

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texxsMar 20 2011 03:06 AM

Dude the Huffington post copied your article word for word!

Or I i guess it's possible you copied theirs . . .

RufusMar 20 2011 05:24 AM

@Texxs, Uh, dude, did you happen to look at the top of either page when you read this or the HuffPo piece? Check both out.

KeithMar 20 2011 08:21 AM

Could the earthquake have caused the cap to separate enough to allow a leak?

Bob AhrensMar 20 2011 10:57 AM

Could this lead to a much larger geological mess in the Gulf?

pondMar 20 2011 11:32 AM


very doubtful, waves from earthquakes weaken as they pass through the mantle and inner core of the earth. while a seismograph would be able to feel it, the shaking on that side of the globe would be too small for a person to feel.

the gulf is also near the p-wave shadow zone for that quake, which means its possible no waves from the quake even reached the area (see links)

Ban Eco-Natzi'sMar 20 2011 04:47 PM

Comment edited. Please keep the conversation civil. – Ian @ NRDC

This was an entirely fabricated event like most they come up with (remember the huge oil plumes floating 3,000' deep last year w/ a concentration of less than .5ppm - except they never mentioned the concentration - laughable).

US Coast Guard: Reported Gulf Slick Likely Silt From Dredging -

Nathaniel HebertMar 20 2011 11:31 PM

Comment removed. Please keep the conversation civil. – Ian @ NRDC

Tim SandersMar 21 2011 12:59 PM

The people of Louisiana should be marching on the state capital and holding Jindal responsible for this new unfolding catastrophe. Wake up people. Organize and unite. This is nothing has just been hushed up for so many years. Hundreds of oil spills have happened in the gulf and no one has cared until they reach the magnitude of the BP spill. And we all know how the big oil companies stick to their word. How's the fishing in the gulf these days?

Suzanne BroussardMar 22 2011 09:50 PM

No, there have not been hundreds of oil spills in the Gulf before BP. The Gulf has been clean and clear for years, the beaches pristine, lots of oil was being pumped in a safe manner, lots of jobs for lots of people, great fishing around the oil rigs. This BP disaster was planned, stocks were traded before the event, the goal being to put everyone out of business EXCEPT British Petroleum, the goal being to destroy the United States in such a way that we don't even suspect that it is an actual military type attack and invasion done deceitfully in typical Mossad fashion. Do a little research, do a lot of research or just go on believing what they tell you...either way, all the organizing and protesting in the world won't make a damn bit of difference. Who's going to care? I suggest praying for Divine Intervention at this point folks. We are so done for that only God can save us now....if you don't believe that, then go ahead and protest and let me know what the results are for can write me from prison, or the hospital or Guantanamo or Mubarak's torture center in Cairo where you may be 'Rendered". Or maybe you can haunt me from heaven or wherever you end up after they have eliminated your dissent. Look into something called Operation Cable Splice and consider the many, many assassinations/suicides/plane crashes/car crashes that have occurred involving people with the potential for leadership. Operation Cable Splice is designed not only to eliminate dissenters, but also 'potential dissenters'. It's not pretty folks.

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