By TOM FOWLER
A thin slick of oil in the Gulf of Mexico is coming from a
containment dome that was abandoned on the sea floor during
efforts to stop the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, according
to a person familiar with the matter.
submarines that were sent down to search for the source of the
light slick earlier this week found a small amount of oil
leaking from the dome, a four-story tall steel box which in May
2010 was lowered onto the oil leaking from BP's well some 5,000
feet below the ocean surface.
The device was meant to collect the oil and allow it to flow to
a ship, but got clogged with ice crystals. The flow was finally
stopped on July 15 by a series of valves that were attached to the top
of the well.
The oil slick, known as a sheen, was first
reported by BP on Sept. 16 about 50 miles off the coast of
Last week, the Coast Guard notified BP and rig owner Transocean
that a lab had matched the oil from the sheen to oil from the
BP and the Coast Guard declined to comment.
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