Gulf Oil Spill
8:00 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

Oil Sheen Not Linked to BP Well

New Orleans, LA – BP says a recent sheen spotted in Gulf waters is not connected to the well that exploded last year. The Coast Guard says the area around the plugged Macondo well remains clear. But BP is under a close watch after its undersea well exploded in April 2010, killing 11 men and spilling 4 million barrels of oil into the Gulf. The company sent submarines to the site after the sheen was spotted. It says the shiny slick is in area of abandoned wells several miles away. Oil also naturally bubbles up from the sea floor, and thousands of other abandoned wells are not routinely checked after they're plugged.
For WWNO, I'm Eileen Fleming.