Attorney Says Macondo Well Still Leaks Oil From Seafloor

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Sabrina Canfield
Courthouse News Service

NEW ORLEANS (CN) – An environmental attorney said oil is still leaking from BP’s Macondo Formation more than 16 months after the well was declared sealed. The attorney said the only explanation for fresh oil bearing the Macondo fingerprint that’s washed ashore on barrier islands is that the seafloor was damaged during the Deepwater Horizon blowout, and oil is seeping through.

The April 20, 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon killed 11 people and dumped millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days, until the well was declared capped, on July 15, 2010.

But attorney Stuart Smith told Courthouse News that new oil is washing up on barrier islands in Louisiana and Mississippi.  

“There’s a deafening silence on the issue,” from the Coast Guard and from BP, Smith said.

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