Gulf Sheen from BP Oil Gusher: A
sheen on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico around where the 2010 BP oil spill happened matches the oil
released during the spill, NOLA.com reports the U.S. Coast Guard as saying.
"The exact source of the sheen is uncertain at this time but could be residual oil associated with
wreckage and/or debris left on the seabed from the Deepwater Horizon incident in 2010," said a news
release issued by Coast Guard Capt. Duke Walker, Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the spill.
"The NOFI effectively informs BP and Transocean that the Coast Guard matched the sheen samples to the
Deepwater Horizon spill or sunken drilling debris, and that either party or both may be held accountable
for any cost associated with further assessments or operations related to this sheen," said the news
It's not clear just where the oil is coming from: It could be part of the original accident or it could be
leaking from the efforts to stop the original well leak.
The Coast Guard noticed the sheen on Sept. 16 and
then did the tests.