Source of Gulf of Mexico sheen sought


An unmanned, underwater vehicle was surveying plugged undersea oil wells for seepage as authoritie­s sought the source of a 10-mile oil sheen in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana.

The federal Bureau of Safety and Environmen­tal Enforcemen­t said it had instructed operators of pipelines in the area 130 miles southeast of New Orleans to survey their lines.

Royal Dutch Shell, which has two platforms in the area, said the mile-wide sheen didn’t originate from its operations and was dissipatin­g. Shell estimated the spill at six barrels; the Coast Guard said it was too early to tell whether any environmen­tal damage had occurred.

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