Is crude oil still gushing in the Gulf? New ten-mile oil slick spotted near Deepwater Horizon
Jonathan Benson, staff writer
Dr. Schumaker's video of the oil slick, which was uploaded to YouTube on August 30, 2011, can be viewed here:
On September 18, 2010, The Washington Post reported that the BP Macondo oil well was officially dead, adding the US government's declaration that the well was "physically incapable of leaking another drop (of oil)" (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dy...). But Dr. Schumaker's stunning flyover suggests otherwise, revealing what appears to be endless, wispy streams of oil continuing to trail through Gulf waters.
Dr. Schumaker was not the only one to spot the oil, either. Two men from Louisiana State University (LSU) last week took a boat out to the area near the Deepwater Horizon disaster, and they, too, spotted oil slicks all around their boat. They also saw numerous oil "blooms" rising to the top of the water, which indicate perpetual leaks coming from somewhere on the ocean floor.
You can view their video here:
BP, of course, denies that the oil leaks are connected to the Macondo well. If it is later determined, however, that the well is still leaking, or that BP's drilling operations have caused fissures elsewhere that are now producing the leaks, the company may incur further liability, particularly from suits that were previously dismissed on the assumption that the well had been capped and that cleanup was already in progress (http://www.myweathertech.com/2011/0...).
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Sept. 22, 2011