Satellite Source: MODIS Aqua
Mode: Multispectral
Resolution: 250 meter
Image Date & Time: 07-09-2018 1910 UTC

Confidence: High
Issue Date: 07-10-2018

Region: Gulf of Mexico
Location: 2856'16" N, 8858'14" W
Coverage Area: 57.80 km^2

Remarks:
Possible oil was observed in satellite imagery. This anomaly is unconfirmed 
as oil. It is believed to be an oil slick that emanated from the Destroyed 
Taylor platform. The linear anomaly extended approximately 6.46 nm W-E 
and 1.09 in width. The orientation of the anomaly aligned well with ocean 
currents data near the time of the image which were moving towards the 
NE at 1.5 kts.

Uncertainties:
There is a portion of possible oil north of the anomaly. Due to natural 
seeps, nearby oil facilities, and the proximity to the coast, it was unsure 
whether it was connected to the anomaly. Also, there was little to no 
wind data available near the time of the image.


Analyst: Rodriguez


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