NOTE: BP will say that the wreckage and cap is not leaking, but they will not mention the state of the sea floor.
From Raw Story
Speaking to CBS News for a segment aired Thursday, Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) claimed that “substantial amounts of oil” may still be leaking from the wreckage of the Deepwater Horizon, resting at the epicenter of the worst accidental oil spill in human history.
“My concern is that substantial amounts of oil could still be leaking from the wreckage,” Markey said, commenting on reports of fresh oil slicks appearing in the Gulf of Mexico in recent months. “Back in 2010 I said that BP was either lying or incompetent. Turns out they were doing both. This is the same crime scene.”
Rep. Markey led Congress in the investigation of the Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 men and initiated one of the worst environmental disasters in history. He played a key role in pressuring former CEO Tony Hayward to resign and championed the record-breaking settlement the U.S. extracted from the company.
BP agreed to pay $4.5 billion last month to settle civil and criminal charges stemming from the 2010 spill. It could still face billions more in environmental restoration costs, which have yet to be fully assessed. The company has also been temporarily suspended from applying for new drilling contracts in the U.S.
“Two years after the worst environmental disaster in America’s history ended, oil is still being dredged up by storms and recently leaked from wreckage at the bottom of the Gulf,” Markey said in November. “This settlement may have closed a chapter of this disaster with the government, but we still have a responsibility to monitor the lingering effects from the spill and put in place new laws that reduce the likelihood of such a catastrophe occurring ever again.”
From LiveScience Officials with the U.S. Coast Guard and petroleum giant BP are baffled by a mysterious sheen that keeps appearing on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico near the site of the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Robotic submarines (also called remotely operated vehicles, or ROVs) have been used to make regular inspections of the damaged oil rig since September 2010 to ensure that it’s not leaking any additional oil. The latest inspection confirmed that the rig, now entombed in an immense concrete containment dome, is not leaking oil, according to the Associated Press.
However, an unusual sheen on the surface of the water was spotted in September. Workers sealed what they thought was the source of the sheen shortly thereafter, but on Nov. 2, another sheen was reported in the same area.
While the cause of the recurring sheen isn’t yet known, a potential clue has emerged: a white, cloudy substance collected from several places on the overturned oil rig, according to the Associated Press. Officials are now awaiting lab results that should identify the surface sheen and the white substance collected underwater, in hopes of determining the source of the sheen.
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill released about 205 million gallons (776 million liters) of oil, making it the nation’s largest oil spill. The region of the Gulf of Mexico around the spill has been plagued by problems ever since. An unusually high death rate for dolphins has been reported in the area, and tar balls containing potentially deadly bacteria have been spotted on the region’s beaches.
Not only that, but:
- Report: Oil may be seeping from Deepwater Horizon site (al.com)
- TV: Massive oil sheen around BP Deepwater Horizon site in Gulf of Mexico (VIDEO) (enenews.com)
- Deepwater Horizon well seeping again? (cbsnews.com)
- BP Gulf Oil Spill Judge Approves $7.8 Billion Settlement (bloomberg.com)
- Rep. Markey: ‘Substantial amounts of oil’ may still be leaking at Deepwater Horizon site (rawstory.com)