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Hidden oil spill: New study contradicts owner's claims

1 year 7 months 5 days ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 June 24, 2019 8:05 AM June 24, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By JANET McCONNAUGHEY
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A new federally led study of oil seeping from a platform toppled off Louisiana's coast 14½ years ago found releases lower than other recent estimates, but contradicts the well owner's assertions about the amount and source of oil.

Oil and gas have been leaking into the Gulf of Mexico since a subsea mudslide caused by Hurricane Ivan on Sept. 15, 2004, knocked over a Taylor Energy Co. production platform.

Taylor is fighting a federal order to cap the well. The company says oil sheens on the water's surface indicate there's only a dribble of oil.

The new report says its findings contradict that. The scientists used sonar and a new tool they call a "bubblometer" to estimate the seepage.

Taylor says it wants verifiable scientific data about the leak and a scientifically and environmentally sound solution.

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