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Gulf of Mexico Oil Leak Creates Mile-Long Sheen


Apache Corp. (APA) said an oil leak aboard a Gulf of Mexico platform created a sheen on the water that spread for one mile (1.6 kilometer).

The well beneath Apache’s South Cameron 49 installation was shut after discovery of the leak, which began about 10 a.m. local time yesterday, according to a filing with the U.S. National Response Center. The leak was traced to a hole in a tube on an oil treater. About 0.18 gallons of crude was released, according to the filing.

The sheen on the water was about 15 feet wide, the NRC said.


3 Comments on "Gulf of Mexico Oil Leak Creates Mile-Long Sheen"

  1. Lampert Scratch on Mon, 26th Sep 2011 2:08 am 

    Wow, 0.18 gallons?! My van burns more than that idling at the Dairy Queen (TM)drive-thru.

  2. armageddon51 on Mon, 26th Sep 2011 2:13 am 

    Ok a mile long, 15 feet wide sheen from .18 gallon of crude. This moronic reporter should be fired.

  3. Kenz300 on Mon, 26th Sep 2011 7:03 pm 

    There is a leak in the Gulf of Mexico and a leak in the North Sea and a leak off the coast of China all by three different oil companies. Do oil companies have the technology to safely drill in deeper and deeper water without damaging the environment? The spills would argue that they do not. It is time to diversify our energy sources and types.

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