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Skytruth Alert: NRC Report: Unknown Oil 2015-03-04

Report Details
NRC Report ID: 1109644
Incident Time: 2015-03-04 01:30:00
Nearest City: LA
Location: SEE LAT/LONG
Incident Type: UNKNOWN SHEEN
Material: UNKNOWN OIL
Medium Affected: WATER
Suspected Responsible Party:
SkyTruth Analysis
Lat/Long: 28.935833, -88.970000 (Explicit)
Reported Sheen Size: 1.4 miles by 20.65 miles (area 28.91 sq. miles)
SkyTruth Minimum Estimate: 19780.29 gallons
Report Description
****NOAA MARINE POLLUTION SURVEILLANCE REPORT**** THE OIL SLICK APPEARS TO BE COMING FROM THE DESTROYED TAYLOR SITE. THE SLICK IS 20.65 MILES IN LENGTH WITH A MAXIMUM WIDTH OF 1.4 MILES. SLICK ORIENTATION IS CONSISTENT WITH WINDS IN THE AREA. ALONG THE SOUTHEAST SIDE OF THE SLICK, THERE IS A LOT OF CONTAMINATION FROM NATURAL BIOGENIC FEATURES MAKING IT VERY DIFFICULT TO DETERMINE THE FULL EXTENT OF THE SURFACE OIL AND WAS NOT ANALYZED AS OIL. UNCERTAINTIES: THERE IS LOTS OF CONTAMINATION FROM NATURAL BIOGENIC TO THE SOUTHEAST OF THE SLICK. THIS MADE IT DIFFICULT TO DETERMINE WHAT WAS OIL AND WHAT WAS NOT. THIS WAS THE CAUSE OF WHY WE WENT WITH "MEDIUM-HIGH" INSTEAD OF "HIGH" FOR SLICK COMING FROM THE DESTROYED TAYLOR SITE. THE REANALYSIS OF THIS OIL SLICK SIGNATURE RESULTED IN A MUCH SMALLER AREA BELIEVED TO BE OIL FROM THE TAYLOR SITE GIVEN THE LARGE AREA OF BIOGENICS MENTIONED ABOVE.
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ID:5481cc86-bc5b-3ae2-8072-099eb13e7dcb
Source:http://nrc.uscg.mil/
Date:2015-03-04 01:30:00
Location:28.9358333333 -88.97
Tags:NRC, release, oil, LABB, BigSpill