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This will be short, and SIAP, but this morning 2 independent calls were made to the Coast Guard, both reporting a sighting of a new oil slick.  One caller estimated 0.5 mi sq, and the other reported a 100 mi long slick!  This could be devastating news for the Gulf region, which has only begun its recovery from the previous underwater oil eruption.  Oh, also these reports came from an area approximately 20 miles from the Deepwater Horizon location.

The U.S. Coast Guard is currently investigating reports of a potentially massive oil sheen about 20 miles away from the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion last April.

According to Paul Barnard, operations controller for the USCG in Louisiana, a helicopter crew has been dispatched to the site of the Matterhorn SeaStar oil rig, owned by W&T Offshore, Inc.

Multiple reports have come in of a sheen nearly 100 miles long and 10 miles wide originating near the site.

Updated by hi5enigma at Sun Mar 20, 2011 at 12:37 AM EDT

New sources from the comments:

dharmafarmer dug up these

and from HuffPo (h/t to temptxan and ekyprogressive)

Originally posted to hi5enigma on Sat Mar 19, 2011 at 08:10 PM PDT.

Also republished by Gulf Watchers Group.

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