ROV video confirms Gulf of Mexico oil seep

The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said video from a remotely operated vehicle survey confirmed the source of an oil seep sighted in the Gulf of Mexico last week is from a natural seabed seep as previously suspected.

“A modest amount of oil is being released,” BSEE said on Apr. 16. Industry reports natural seeps are common in the gulf.

Royal Dutch Shell PLC provided the video for the investigation of a light sheen spotted off Louisiana on Apr. 11. At one point, the sheen was estimated to be about 10 miles long although it has largely dissipated.

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