Robot Checking Gulf Floor for Oil Slick Source

Posted on April 12, 2012


A radio-controlled underwater vehicle is on the hunt for the source to the sheen coating the ocean floor of the Gulf of Mexico.


About 130 miles southeast of the New Orleans, Coast Guards have noticed a momentarily untraceable oil slick. While this afternoon was too early to tell if any environmental damage has been done, BSEE (the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement) has directed Shell to use the remotely operated vehicle in order to conduct a seafloor assessment of the plugged wells and areas where the natural seepage is known to occur.


The sheen was spotted Wednesday; Shell estimates its size at six barrels of oil, or about 252 gallons. The company has two production platforms in the area called Mars and Ursa.


Shell has just released a statement today stating that it has found no sign of leaks and ruled out any well control issues associated with its operations.

The sheen was reported in an area about 50 miles from the site of BP’s Macondo well, which created the nation’s worst offshore oil disaster back in April 2010. The now-plugged Macondo is in about 5,000 feet of water.


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