President Obama is under fierce pressure from Louisiana pols to lift the deep water drilling moratorium. There’s fresh evidence that the moratorium is needed.That’s right, there’s another leaky rig:
The Deepwater Horizon is not the only well leaking oil into the Gulf of
Mexico for the last month. A nearby drilling rig, the Ocean
Saratoga, has been leaking since at least April 30, according to a
While the leak is decidedly smaller than the
Deepwater Horizon spill, a 10-mile-long slick emanating from the Ocean
Saratoga is visible from space in multiple images gathered by
Skytruth.org, which monitors environmental problems using satellites.
officials did not immediately respond when asked about the size of the
leak, how long it had been flowing, or whether it was possible to plug
Skytruth first reported the leak on its website on May 15.
Federal officials mentioned it in the May 1 trajectory map for the
Deepwater Horizon spill, stating that oil from the Ocean Saratoga spill
might also be washing ashore in Louisiana.