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BP Oil Spills Into The Gulf Of Mexico. Again.

BP Oil Spills Into The Gulf Of Mexico. Again.

 

Just days after BP publicly denied allegations that its Macondo well was leaking, chemists from Louisiana State University confirmed that samples from the water’s surface above the well are a chemical match for the hundreds of millions of gallons of oil that spewed into the Gulf last summer.

On Tuesday, investigators from the Mobile Press-Register collected samples of oil floating on the surface and delivered them to Ed Overton and Scott Miles of LSU. Most of the oil was located in a patch about 50 yards wide and a quarter of a mile long, and reporters found a “pronounced and pungent petroleum smell,” the paper said.

The scientists confirmed that the chemical fingerprint of the samples was identical to the the BP oil, known as MC252.

“After examining the data, I think it’s a dead ringer for the MC252 oil, as good a match as I’ve seen,” Overton wrote in an email to the newspaper. “My guess is that it is probably coming from the broken riser pipe or sunken platform. … However, it should be confirmed, just to make sure there is no leak from the plugged well.”

In an emailed statement, BP spokesman Justin Saia said Wednesday that the company stands by its previous statement, and that “neither BP nor the Coast Guard has seen any scientific evidence that oil is leaking from the Macondo well” (CRI English). The company did deploy vessels to the site last week, but it’s possible that wind and waves prevented them from seeing the sheen on that day.

The Macondo well was permanently sealed in September 2010 spilling nearly 206 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. It was called the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

The most troubling possibility, according to petroleum engineers, is that oil is leaking up through the seafloor surrounding the sealed Macondo well, the Mobile Press-Register reported.

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Image: 2010 photo of a sheen approximately three miles from the Deepwater Horizon well.
Credit: Flickr – CaliforniaDFG

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8:13PM PDT on Nov 5, 2011

Again?? How disgraceful. Can't anything be done to stop this tragedy?

2:47PM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

WFT??? Not Again!!!!

3:28PM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

There are a hug amount of oil rigs on that gulf bay.
Anyone of them could go at any time...they have been there for a long time already.
The scientist said it is the same oil as was found out in the big spill. BP is back peddling still trying to get out of their responsibility.
Did any people get money compensations yet?
Have they really settled the mess they already made?

To me......a business that hurts their customers needs to be out of business. period.

10:31AM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

Wow, Disgusting! I am continued to be appalled and disgusted that the oil companies would rather hide serious problems and deny anything is wrong, when there is a problem and it needs to be fixed. The ocean is fragile ecosystem and we are lucky that is has survived the amount of abuse we have put it through so far. These people need to be held accountable for the fact that they have endangered lives and are endangering future generations. It is a serious crime.

2:58AM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

Troubling news from BP again. How many more will come?!

1:38PM PDT on Sep 4, 2011

Terrible!! I hope someone finds where the oil is coming from and stops it before it gets out of hand!!

12:26PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

Well, I'm surprised that the cap has held this long. The question remains. What is the US or BP going to do to address this clear and present danger?

In normal fashion, they will need to elect a committee, to select the subjects deemed worthy of discussion, once they return from Christmas break they will now need to send a letter to President Obama.

Gosh, I hope that they don't use the US Postal Service. Imagine this, somewhere in the year 2119, a postman apologizes to a the former President that the letter was lost for the past 8 years.

5:34AM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

This is not a good thing.....

5:11PM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

Just think if animals/ wildlife could fight back.

5:01PM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

whether shooting polar bears in the Arctic or killing turtles in the Gulf BP seems determined to rid this planet of all that is good and beautiful. yet they continue to profit by this so as long as we let them i guess they'll just go on doing what's good for business.

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