Sheen Seen Emanating from BP Thunderhorse Platform in US Gulf

HOUSTON (Dow Jones Newswires), Aug. 17, 2011

A band of silvery sheen was spotted emanating from BP's Thunderhorse platform Tuesday in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, though the company said that it has taken action to prevent further discharges, according to a government filing.

A two-foot-wide band of sheen stretching 30 feet from the platform, which is located in deep water south of the Mississippi-Alabama state line, was reported to the National Response Center on Tuesday.

BP told federal pollution regulators that the unspecified substance came from a discharge pipe and that it was adjusting waste treatment chemicals on the platform to remediate the problem, according to the filing.

A BP spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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