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BP said Thursday that the shiny substance floating on the water's surface didn't come from its operations, and officials said it had since dissipated. Reports of sheen are common: More than 200 were called in last year in an area far from BP's well where the new sheen was reported, and 13 were reported Wednesday alone off Louisiana's coast.
A spokesman with Exxon Mobil Corp. said they were looking into the matter. Chevron and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement did not immediately respond to AP calls for comment.
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Among them is Shell, which is still investigating the cause of a recent oil spill in the North Sea — the area's worst in a decade. The Dutch company counts several projects in the Gulf's Green Canyon Block. Shell did not immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday.