Oil sheen spotted in Gulf of Mexico

By Hilton Price 

Shell is reporting an oil sheen has been spotted on the surface of the water in the Gulf of Mexico. Shell says the sheen is approximately 10 square miles across, and is located between the Mars and Ursa production areas. The source of the sheen is unknown, but so far there are no indications it originated from either area. 

Shell notified the National Response Center about the sheen and activated the Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC) vessel the Lousiana Responder. The vessel has both skimming and boom abilities. Aerial surveillance has also been requested.

The Gulf of Mexico was home to one of the worst spills in history, after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in April of 2012. The explosion and leak cost owner BP billions of dollars in fines and cleanup costs.


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