NOLA was reporting that the US Coast Guard was now investigating multiple reports of new oil sheen 20 miles north of the location of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. The newly reported sheen lay about 30 miles from the Louisiana coastline and the mouth of the Mississippi river.
|Photographer: Jerry Moran (nativeorleanian.com)|
As of today, the Coast Guard has stated that the sheen is most likely silty material stirred up from a dredging operation on the Mississippi River. For the sake of precaution, they are having the material analyzed as it did possess a rainbow-like sheen similar to that associated with oil spills. The Coast Guard spokesman said that it is possible that whatever the material is that is causing the sheen had been trapped in the sediment of the Mississippi's river bed, but was released by the dredging operation.