2012 November 09, Friday
Gulf of Mexico, MC252 and vicinity

UPDATED SUNDAY NOVEMBER 11, 2012!  SEE BELOW IN RED!

We weren't supposed to see any more surface oil lingering around the site of the Deepwater Horizon disaster that occurred over two years ago in 2010 April, were we? Well, today we did.  So did the scientists aboard the research ship Falkor, both underwater with their scientific instruments and on the surface with their small boat and sampling equipment. It was impossible to miss this large slick, located within a mile of the site of the DWH incident. It is quite a bit larger than known natural seeps within 20 miles of this vicinity. We did not see the thick rainbow sheen we saw here last October 05, so we hope that implies some progress in finding and arresting any leakage left from the DWH incident.  But this large slick rivals the largest of natural seeps we've seen and documented in the Gulf, and it is outdone in its horror only by the chronic Taylor Energy pollution monster off the southeast tip of Louisiana.

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See the photos and videos and read the full article (with updates!) here!