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  •  Mud Lake oil continues to spread: NOAA (8+ / 0-)

    NOAA's satellite image analysis for today shows oil slicks breaking up into smaller distinct patches but continuing to spread over Barataria Bay. The analyst's map suggests that it has come ashore at various points around Wilkinson Bay, Bay Chene Fleur, Bay Jimmy, and Bay Batiste.

    Note that the oil in question is not thought to originate from the Deepwater Horizon accident, but rather from the Mud Lake well, which was reported to have been successfully capped on Sunday. The Mud Lake well was an "orphan well" - meaning that the operator of record is bankrupt or otherwise no longer a viable responsible party. The State of Louisiana has custody over the well under its Oilfield Site Restoration Program, although its ownership nominally remains with Cedyco Corporation, a sometime oil and gas service company that now appears to operate primarily as a collection agency with a reputation for sharp dealing. The well capping, performed by Wild Well, has been paid for out of the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.

    NOAA continues to report no detectable surface oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill.

    This article does not attempt to pass judgment on the credibility of any government agency, corporation, news reporting organization or other person or agency mentioned herein. Readers are invited to use its links as starting points for independent research and to draw their own conclusions.

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