The Gulf can’t seem to catch a break. It’s now being reported that an oily slick was seen washing ashore over the weekend at Grand Isle on the Louisiana Gulf Coast.
The source of the oil, according to the Times Picayune, is Houston based company, Anglo-Suisse Offshore Partners, a group that has taken responsibility for leaking crude oil from a non-producing well. The oil has thus contaminated the Louisiana coastal beaches and wetlands, creating a slick that has spread for miles offshore.
The anniversary of the BP oil spill is approaching (April 20th), so this is particularly unwelcome news.
A statement from Anglo Suisse Offshore Partners said that they were “surprised” that the dormant well could have released that much oil. But in an interview with MSNBC, Grand Isle shrimp buyer Dean Blanchard said that fishermen had reported the oil slicks to be as large as 100 miles. “One guy said he was in it for 8 to 10 hours,” Blanchard stated.
Investigations into these slicks are being continued by the Coast Guard and state officials to determine the extent of the new slicks, and their impact on the surrounding environment. It just seems hard to believe that less than a year after the BP spill another fresh one has cropped up.
Via the Huffington Post