Satellite Source: COSMO SkyMed
Mode: ScanSAR Wide VV
Resolution: 15 meter
Image Date & Time: 05-15-2018 2335 UTC

Confidence: High
Issue Date: 05-16-2018

Region: Gulf of Mexico
Location: 2816'04" N, 8823'56" W
Coverage Area: 50.59 km^2

Remarks:
Possible oil was observed in satellite imagery. It is believed that the 
anomaly is related to an oil-water mixture spill that was reported in 
NRC report #1212188. The slick measured 7.7 nm long and had a maximum 
width of 2 nm. It was connected to an oil platform, had a moderate contrast 
to its homogeneous surroundings, and was out of place. Light winds in 
the vicinity of the slick were reported to be 5-10 kts to the SW, which 
supports the slick's orientation. Confidence that the anomaly contained 
oil is high given that the spill was reported.

Uncertainties:
Since the spill was reported as an oil-water mixture, there is no uncertainty 
that the spill contained oil.


Analyst: Velasco


For further information on oil spill response and assessment please visit:
https://response.restoration.noaa.gov/oil-and-chemical-spills/oil-spills