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March 2011 Sheen On The Gulf Surface

An oil sheen is visible near the rig 'Ocean Saratoga' in the Gulf of Mexico March 20, 2011. The source of the oil was unknown. The US Coast Guard on March 19, 2011 was investigating reports of a potentially massive oil sheen 20 miles north of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion from last April. According to Paul Barnard, operations controller for the USCG in Louisiana, a helicopter crew had 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 12 miles wide originating near the site. Photo by Daniel Mueller

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Taken on March 20, 2011