Satellite Source: Suomi NPP VIIRS
Mode: Multispectral
Resolution: 750 meter
Image Date & Time: 05-19-2018 1849 UTC

Confidence: High
Issue Date: 05-19-2018

Region: Gulf of Mexico
Location: 2856'16" N, 8858'14" W
Coverage Area: 147.20 km^2

Remarks:
Possible oil was observed in satellite imagery. This anomaly is unconfirmed 
as oil. The anomaly appeared to emanate from the destroyed Taylor Energy 
platform and extends E in a circular pattern for approximately 15NM with 
embedded sections of no observed possible oil; the area of possible oil 
appeared sliver and was indicative of oil in sun-glint. Wind data from 
buoy ‘KMIS’ indicates that winds were out of the S at approximately 
3.1 m/s and aligns well with the orientation of the anomaly. Confidence 
was determined to be high given that the Taylor platform is known as a 
repeat leak source.  

Uncertainties:
Given the low resoultion of this satellite sensor the full extent of this 
anomaly was difficult to determine. 


Analyst: Fisher


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