Anglo-Dutch integrated oil company Royal Dutch Shell has deployed a vessel to investigate an oil sheen in the Gulf of Mexico, close to an area where a number of companies, including Shell, have oil platforms.
Shell said there is no evidence that the sheen, which covers an area about one-mile-by-ten, emanated from any of its platforms. "The source and type of sheen is currently unknown," said Kelly op de Weegh, a spokeswoman for Shell.
The Federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said it is taking steps to locate the source of the sheen.
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Coincidentally, it is just under two years since the Gulf of Mexico was afflicted by the worst offshore oil spill in history when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded.
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