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Gulf Oil Sheen Likely From Confirmed Natural Seep

Posted: 04/17/2012 10:17 am

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal agency says it has confirmed a natural seep of oil from the Gulf of Mexico near where a large oil sheen was spotted last week.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Monday that experts confirmed a "modest" amount of oil is seeping from the Gulf floor after viewing video provided by Royal Dutch Shell PLC. The oil giant used remotely operated vehicles to aid in the investigation of the sheen.

Experts say such seeps are common in the Gulf.

The seep is suspected to have caused a light sheen, about 10 miles long, that was spotted last Wednesday afternoon off the Louisiana coast. Authorities said the sheen was dissipating Thursday and Friday. A Coast Guard spokesman had no new information Monday.

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