Remember the Deepwater Horizon, the oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico last year and leaked untold thousands of gallons of oil and tar balls? Of course you do. Well, things might not be as finished there as the recent news silence would suggest. With the federal government still trying to Restore The Gulf, reports are coming in that BP is "investigating" a new sheen of oil in the Gulf. No word yet on whether this is a new spill, something fairly innocent (some oil does naturally seep out of the seabed) or a residual effect from last year's big mess. BP is telling the media the sheen is not near "any existing BP operations," but Treehugger quotes New Orleans environmental plaintiff lawyer Stuart Smith, saying:

[A BP] fleet rushed to the scene late last week and worked through the weekend to contain what was becoming a massive slick at the site of the Macondo wellhead, which was officially "killed" back in September 2010.

Macondo is the name of the well that is 18,000 feet into the bedrock under the Gulf that the Deepwater Horizon's accident. If this does turn out to be a sort of aftershock to last year's disaster, you can guarantee that the media silence will immediately end.


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