Posted: Jun 8, 2010 5:32 PM by Melissa Canone
Updated: Jun 8, 2010 5:32 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An oil company says photos showing a sheen of
oil about 70 miles southwest of the big BP spill are evidence only
of government-approved work long under way, not a new spill.
New Orleans-based Taylor Energy Co. said Tuesday that its
platform collapsed during Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
Taylor says that wells on the sea bottom are buried under 100
feet of mud and sediment and that sheening has been light.
An aerial photographer shot and put on the Internet images of a
sheen trailing from the work site over the weekend.
Neither the Coast Guard nor the Minerals Management Service have
responded to requests for comment.
The Gulf is dotted with hundreds of platforms and releases of
oil are not uncommon.