The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:
(NEW ORLEANS) — A light rainbow sheen was reported in the vicinity of the Vermillion oil platform by the crew of a Coast Guard helicopter following a Friday morning overflight. The residual sheen, about a hundred yards long by ten yards wide, is believed to be petroleum runoff caused by fire-fighting efforts.
Federal investigators from BOEM are on the platform to investigate, confirm the source of the sheen and verify that the flow of oil to the platform remains secured.
The cause of the incident is under investigation.