Satellite Source: Landsat 8
Mode: Multispectral
Resolution: 30 meter
Image Date & Time: 06-16-2018 1625 UTC

Confidence: High
Issue Date: 06-17-2018

Region: Gulf of Mexico
Location: 2856'16" N, 8858'15" W
Coverage Area: 89.54 km^2

Remarks:
Possible oil was observed in satellite imagery. This anomaly is unconfirmed 
as oil, but it is believed to be an oil slick that emanated from the site 
of the destroyed Taylor platform "Saratoga." The linear slick stretched 
for approximately 37.8 nm and exhibited silvery/white portions where oil 
is believed to be relatively thicker. Thinner portions appeared black.
 The slick's orientation was supported by model ocean currents at the 
time of the image. Due to the anomaly's connection to the Taylor leak 
site and its appearance in sunglint, we have high confidence that the 
anomaly was an oil slick.

Uncertainties:
Due to the presence of scattered clouds over the slick site, a more precise 
areal measure could not be attained.


Analyst: Velasco


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