Coast Guard investigates slick off U.S. Gulf coast

ATLANTA, Oct 23 (BestGrowthStock) – The U.S. Coast Guard is
investigating a large brown slick floating near the mouth of
the Mississippi river and said on Saturday it could be
weathered oil from the BP spill or just algae bloom.

A Coast Guard vessel went out on Saturday to the
orange-brown substance, which stands around 2-3 miles (3-5 km)
offshore at Tiger Pass, northwest of Venice, Louisiana,
according to spokesman Jeff Hall.

“Our number one concern is it coming ashore and getting
into sensitive areas,” Hall said, adding that an initial visual
inspection suggested the slick, about 2.5 miles long and
200-300 yards (metres) long, was algae.

“If it does turn out to be a patch of oil we will clean it
up,” he said in an interview, adding he expects results from
the tests on Tuesday.

Millions of gallons of oil poured into the Gulf of Mexico
in the world’s worst offshore oil spill that began in April
when a BP (BP.L BP.N: ) rig exploded and sank off the coast of
Louisiana. The well was capped in July.

The oil hurt wildlife and marine life and damaged the
wetlands that make up a large part of Louisiana’s coastline. It
also harmed the coasts of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida as
well as crippling local economies.

The U.S. government contends much of the oil has now
dissipated but some scientists and local fishermen dispute
this.
(Reporting by Matthew Bigg; Editing by Jerry Norton)

Coast Guard investigates slick off U.S. Gulf coast