New Oil Spill Spreading Across The Gulf Of Mexico

A Louisiana newspaper is reporting that a new oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico has been traced back to a Houston-based oil company.

Although the full-impacts of last year’s Deepwater Horizon explosion and BP oil spill are still being uncovered, it seems like there will be no rest for the weary as long as Big Oil has its way.

The Times-Picayune broke the story that state agents had traced the oil back to a well operated by Anglo-Suisse Offshore Partners, and just hours later the company put out a statement acknowledging their responsibility.

According to Nola.com, “Anglo-Suisse also accepted responsibility for cleanup, even though the statement also said company officials were surprised by the Coast Guard’s ‘suggestion’ because the well is ‘non-producing and has been monitored closely for the last six months.’”

Over the weekend, several people said they saw a dark cloud of oil spreading through the water near the Louisiana coastline, but the Coast Guard and state officials intially dismissed these observations, saying the plumes were caused by mud and silt in the water from dredging operations near the mouth of the Mississippi River.

New reports show that the leaky well is one the company was plugging for permanent abandonment, in the West Delta Block 117 west-southwest of Southwest Pass.

Although the sheen is at least five miles wide, Coast Guard officials claim that only 1/4 to 1/2 of a mile of beach was directly affected by oily material. So far, both the company and the Coast Guard claim that less than 5 gallons of oil were spilled.

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95 comments

Richard Lares
Richard Lares5 years ago

I love how the think Oil and water mix. Dawn take me away.

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Glenn M.
Glenn Meyer6 years ago

There have been a regular stream of oil spills and oil contamination from before the Exxon Valdiz to well after the BP oil spill from China to U.S. rivers all accross the world.

Why would anyone vote "drill baby drill" Republican?

When they are done with this planet, where are they going to live?

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Elaine Silva
Elaine Silva6 years ago

It's so bad for our planet!

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Shelly Peterson
Shelly Peterson6 years ago

More petitions, Please!!! Thankyou!

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Brian F.
Brian F6 years ago

As long as our corrupt politicians allow the big oil companies to drill, then this is what will happen.

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Maarja L.
Maarja L6 years ago

This really has been quiet. No big headlines.

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Bill K.
Bill K6 years ago

and yet we've just issued another deepwater drilling permit to BP for in the Gulf, even deeper than the one that sprung that little leak last year. and we haven't even required new safety equipment even though the government's own study found the blow out preventers don't work. instead of paying for their crimes we give them a Get Out Of Jail Free card and point the way to the next crime scene

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John E.
John E6 years ago

"When will they ever learn?" The answer is .....

"When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money."
~ Cree Prophecy

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Judith Howard
Judith Howard6 years ago

In the wake of the BP disaster and another story like this, it all has to go. As long as we rely on oil until we utilize cleaner sources of energy, we need to operate drilling in a safer way for the environment and the oceans. If the oceans go, we destroy ourselves.

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Jimmy Spyder
Jimmy Spyder6 years ago

Big oil= Death from below!

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