Mysterious White Substance Keeps Building Up Around the Deepwater Horizon Rig

Researchers working with the US Coast Guard cannot figure out what this substance is

By on December 19th, 2012 13:14 GMT

The US Coast Guard have recently made it public news that, despite their best efforts, a peculiarly-looking white substance keeps building up around the wreckage of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, which exploded back in April 2010.

What is interesting is that, at least for the time being, nobody can figure out neither where this substance is coming from, nor what it is.

After carefully investigating the wreckage, members of the US Coast Guard have failed to pin down a spot from which oil might still be leaking into the surrounding environment, Gawker reports.

However, this matters little when it comes to figuring out what the deal with this mysterious substance is, seeing how both its aspect and its chemical properties seem to have nothing in common with oil.

Commenting on this situation, Coast Guard Captain Duke Walker made a case of how, “No apparent source of the surface sheen has been discovered by this effort.”

Further elaborating on this topic, he said that, “Next steps are being considered as we await the lab results of the surface and subsurface samples and more detailed analysis of the video shot during the mission.”

Apparently, the US Coast Guard is hopeful that this mysterious white substance and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have nothing in common, seeing how this would force them to reconsider the environmental impact of said 2010 explosion.

Still, there are many who agree that the two incidents are quite likely to be intertwined.

As reported, the Deepwater Horizon spill came as an unfortunate consequence of human negligence, and BP (i.e. the British multinational oil and gas company that owned that rig) agreed to pay a $4.5 billion (€3.52 billion) fine for their damage caused to the marine ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico.

“We apologize for our role in the accident, and as today's resolution with the U.S. government further reflects, we have accepted responsibility for our actions,” the company said when accepting its guilt.

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