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Originally posted by babyduck
Local newspaper article about new oil at Grand Isle:
Grand Isle Fire Chief Aubrey Chiasson confirmed this morning that the substance is oil, but officials have not determined where it came from.
Baxter said crews are standing by to clean up the substance.
Grand Isle Fire Chief Aubrey Chiasson said he first heard of the substance Saturday afternoon, after officials started calling him. Originally, the substance was thought to be silt or dredging material, but later reports confirmed it is oil.
Originally posted by 1PlanetarySister
reply to post by inbound
Thank you for your post! And thank you UtahRosebud for this thread!
I would like to add... "The Coast Guard says it is responding to the reports of an almost 100 mile slick of oil in the Gulf Of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana."
Why isn't this on the Hazmat or Bio Haz. alert on the RSOE EDIS map? I think that this release of oil is directly related to what is happening on the planet and should be noted.
100 miles is a serious size.
P.S. - My partner and I have been very ill since Katrina. He was here when it hit. I came in Feb of 2007 as a volunteer and photograghed thousands of houses, etc. and got from exposure to mold. We live and serve in a neighborhood where houses are still ungutted! Now, top it off with the DeepWater Oil Volano - we both are suffering from chronic fatigue. Even with all the herbs and nutrients and clean foods we eat, we both find there are days we just can't function - and what's odd is the days when we both are very ill at the same time. It will be interesting to see in the coming days what our health is like as this oil and the toxins are released into the air.
your Planetary Sister in New Orleans
Originally posted by JAGx1981
I can confirm from the MS. Gulf coast we have not recieved any news of a serious oil spill. I'll check with other sources. If there is one it's par for the course, we never get a break. I have got used to it.
The US Coast Guard is currently investigating reports of a potentially massive oil sheen 20 miles north of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion from last April. According to Paul Barnard, operations controller for the USCG in Louisiana, a helicopter crew has been dispatched to the site of the Matterhorn SeaStar oil rig, owned by W&T Offshore, Inc. Multiple reports have come in of a sheen nearly 100 miles long and 12 miles wide originating near the site. Independent pilots, including John Wathen of the Waterkeeper Alliance, and Bonnie Schumaker with Wings of Care, are currently flying out to investigate the spill. Schumaker reports having seen the sheen on Friday, March 18, and confirms that it is rapidly expanding. A Louisiana fisherman, who has chosen to remain anonymous at this time, also reports fresh oil coming ashore near South Pass, LA, and that cleanup crews are laying new boom near the beach. The origination point of the sheen, near Mississippi Canyon 243, lies 30 miles southeast of the Louisiana coastline, and extends to Barataria Bay. The Matterhorn oil field, at a depth of 2,789 feet (850 meters) of water, was discovered in 1999, leased and permitted in July 2001, and came into production in November 2003. According to W&T, the field has produced an average rate of 5,200 barrels of oil per day, and has production capacities of 35,000 barrels of oil per day.
Also, another Louisiana fisherman reports that fresh oil is coming ashore near South Pass, LA, and that cleanup crews are laying new boom near the beach. He also reports that cleanup crews in four-wheeled vehicles were patrolling the beaches near the marsh filled coast spraying a substance on the beach.
Map of the northern Gulf of Mexico showing the nearly 4,000 active oil and gas platforms.
The Gulf of Mexico is packed with abandoned oil wells from a host of companies including BP, according to an investigation by Associated Press, which describes the area as "an environmental minefield that has been ignored for decades". While the explosion and subsequent sinking of the Deepwater Horizon rig has thrown the spotlight sharply on BP's activities in the Gulf of Mexico, environmental safety in the area has been neglected for decades. There are more than 27,000 abandoned wells in the Gulf of Mexico, according to AP, of which 600 belonged to BP.
An oil slick measuring 12 miles wide and 100 miles long has been spotted in the Gulf of Mexico and is suspected to be from a new major leak at the Matterhorn Seastar oil rig just 20 miles from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. Pilots from several independent organization are monitoring the slick and report it is spreading fast. Fishermen in Louisiana are reporting fresh oil slicks washing up on shore. Boom has been placed by cleanup crews to catch the spill. The Matterhorn field produces 5200 barrels of oil a day and was discovered in 1999. The well sits in 2789 feet of water and has been in production since 2003. It is 30 miles SE of the Mississippi River delta.