New photos of mystery 'substance' in the Gulf

by Dege Legg

Debate continues as to whether or not the substance leaked into the Gulf of Mexico on March 20 is oil, silt, sheen or remants of a corporate America's lost soul.

Damage control, continuing propaganda campaign, or innocent silt? You decide. The jury is still out on whether or not the latest mystery substance floating in the Gulf of Mexico, south of Grand Isle, has anything to do with the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010.

On March 20, it was reported in The Times-Picayune that oil was released into the Gulf of Mexico south of Grand Isle for four to six hours Saturday. Jefferson Parish Council member Chris Roberts says that the Coast Guard is claiming that the drilling site where the leak occurred is the apparent source of oil that washed ashore on Louisiana beaches Sunday and not silt attributed to dredging operations occuring near the mouth of the Mississippi River.

However this report from the Wall Street Journal claims that there is no proof that the two incidents are linked and it is uncertain whether the platform, owned by Anglo-Suisse Offshore Partners LLC, could have leaked enough oil during that time to account for the substance floating around in the Gulf of Mexico since March 20.

To view photos of the latest mystery substance in the Gulf, taken by John Walthen with the aid of pilot Bonnie Schumaker, visit