A possible massive oil sheen is being investigated by the US Coast Guard. The report comes from 20 miles north of the site of last April’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. A press release sent Saturday night stated that the Coast Guard confirmed there was a “substance in the water,” yet have not determined what that substance is.
Paul Barnard, operations controller for Coast Guard Sector New Orleans, stated that investigators were following up on two calls to the National Response Center. The calls indicated that a potential oil or chemical spill had occurred in the area.
The Matterhorn well site, 20 miles north of the BP Deepwater Horizon site is being investigated. The Matterhorn field includes a deepwater drilling platform owned by W&T Technology.
A pilot, flying over the reported area, stated that the sheen about a half-mile and a half-mile wide could be seen from the air. Another report stated that a much larger sheen, approximately 100 miles long, could be seen. The larger of the two points of interest was spotted Saturday off Grand Isle, Louisiana by pilot Bonny Schumaker.
Schumaker heads the nonprofit, environmental based group “On Wings of Care.” Schumaker informed oilspillaction.com that the slick is rapidly expanding and she will be returning to the site to assess the situation.
Eileen Angelico of the Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy, Management, Regulation and Enforcement, stated late Saturday that her agency was waiting for Coast Guard confirmation of the nature of the sheen. The bureau had not received any reports of an oil spill.