Coast Guard: Sunken rig is not the source of the Gulf sheen


The U.S. Coast Guard does not believe the sunken drilling rig Deepwater Horizon is the source of oil sheens spotted near the site several times this past summer.

In late September the Coast Guard issued a statement saying it had notified rig owner Transocean that it believed the rig wreckage might be the source of sheens that had been spotted repeatedly.

The Macondo well head had been ruled out as the source of the sheen by the Coast Guard after BP sent an ROV to the site to inspect it in August.

Transocean sent its own ROV to inspect the rig and the riser that had connected the rig to the well head from Oct. 4 to 5.

According to an e-mailed statement, the Coast Guard viewed the feed from the ROV and “agreed that nothing shown in the feed provided any indication that there was release of oil from the riser, the fuel tanks or any other debris at the wreckage site.”

“No discharge or leaking from the riser or the wreckage was observed,” the Coast Guard statement said. “The cause of the sheens remains under investigation.”

The footage is expected to be posted on the RestoreTheGulf web site later this month.

Tom Fowler

8 Responses

  1. richard says:

    Art Vandelay loved him in Seinfeld. Kettle calling the pot.

  2. ntangle says:

    what crappy reporting.
    au contraire – it’s just great photography.

  3. FranksandBeans3 says:

    SJL must be rinsing that crown weave down at the beach again.

  4. Art Vandeley says:

    Haters will still believe the wreck is gushing oil into the Gulf no matter what is reported. Hypocrites one and all when they type on a computer that was mfg. with parts consisting of petroleum products and 2/3 of the items in their homes are as well.

  5. fencesitter says:

    so you show a picture from 2008 and try to link it to BP? because of oil sheen, get thee to a confessional.

    what crappy reporting.

    • Tom Fowler says:

      We don’t have the rights to any of the images taken of the actual sheens and I wanted to use some other image that showed a sheen. Obviously this isn’t from that site as there’s a pump jack in it. And I left the caption in there to make that clear to a reader. Also, the piece makes it pretty clear that the prior ROV trips determined the Macondo wasn’t the source either. So not sure where you’re getting the “link it to BP” idea.

  6. Ben says:

    Its just natural seepage that goes on all the time. Those pesky little tarballs are from mother nature. The spill itself has all evaporated without causing any air or ozone pollution. Did I mention that I shill for big oil?

  7. L. Ecrivain says:

    BP’s check must have cleared…