Back on September 15, a team from National Wildlife Federation piled onto a small boat on the Louisiana coast. Their destination: the chronic leak site about 12 miles offshore where a cluster of wells operated by Taylor Energy has been steadily spilling oil into the Gulf since 2004. Check out this aerial video of the site, shot by On Wings of Care on December 9, 2011.
to collect samples of the Taylor oil slick for analysis, to see if it's
chemically distinguishable from the oil that gushed from BP's infamous
Macondo well about 30 miles away. We wanted to know if other samples of
oil collected in this region of the Gulf, on beaches and barrier islands and from slicks observed offshore,
could possibly be coming from the Taylor site since it's a
well-documented source of oil pollution.
oil leaking from the Taylor site should not easily be confused with
relatively unweathered oil from the Macondo disaster. But it would be
very helpful to collect more and better samples from the slicks being
observed in the vicinity of the Macondo well site. [Read more....]
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