We’ve identified the leaking well photographed yesterday, using the map-viewer at SONRIS. It was drilled in 2004 and produces natural gas and liquid gas condensate, probably what’s causing the visible slick. The API number is 17726205660000. We haven’t found a way to look up the well operator in SONRIS, but with that API number – a unique ID number given to every oil and gas well in the US – state officials and the Coast Guard should have everything they need to run this down.
Is this the well responsible for the oil slicks reported near Venice since June 8? I think that’s likely, but can’t rule out the possibility of another leak or spill in the area. There’s a lot going on in that part of the Gulf. Routine satellite monitoring would sure be helpful.
But to my Gulf Monitoring Consortium partners, I’d like to say: job well done, folks!