As macabre as it may seem, the environmental debacle of BP in the Gulf of Mexico is back in the news, and not in a good way. CBS News reports that BP is engaged on its fifth day of a subsea mission under the supervision of the Coast Guard to look for any new oil leaking from the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
According to CBS News, a new oil sheen that came from the Macondo well underneath the Deepwater Horizon oil rig was seen in September, nearly 50 miles off the Louisiana coast. BP claimed that the leaks were plugged after a remote operation in October. However non-profit environmental group “On Wings of Care” has since spotted oil slicks and sheens.
“It was impossible to miss this large slick, located within a mile of the site of the DWH incident,” the group’s website stated in a Nov. 9 post. “It is quite a bit larger than known natural seeps within 20 miles of this vicinity.”
The group added, “This large slick rivals the largest of natural seeps we’ve seen and documented in the Gulf.”
With the ink barely dry on the BP settlement, is it any wonder that BP officials (and the U.S. Coast Guard) are being tight-lipped with evidence of possible leakage? One has to wonder just what we’re in for should there be “new” oil leakage.
Time will tell.