We recently reported on a new oil leak at the site of last year’s devastating Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and now a massive slick of oil has been spotted that stretches for nearly 10 miles. Last year, nearly 210 million gallons of crude oil spilled into the gulf before it was finally stopped. Despite numerous sightings and heightened anxiety within the area, BP Spokesman Justin Saia announced last week that “Neither BP nor the Coast Guard has seen any scientific evidence that oil is leaking from the Macondo well, which was permanently sealed almost a year ago.”
It all started two weeks ago when New Orleans Lawyer Stuart Smith reported that 40 ships were hired by BP to lay oil-catching booms in the gulf. Then two volunteer groups, On Wings of Care and Gulf Restoration Network, flew their own planes above the site, capturing pictures of the fresh oil in Macondo.
This prompted reporters from the Moblie Press-Register to hire a boat and travel to the site themselves. Reporter Ben Raines wrote of his experience: “Floating in a boat near the well site, Press-Register reporters watched blobs of oil rise to the surface and bloom into iridescent yellow patches. Those patches quickly expanded into rainbow sheens 4 to 5 feet across. Each expanding bloom released a pronounced and pungent petroleum smell.”
If there is a renewed spill, catching it as early as possible is of utmost importance. We will stay up to date on developments.