A third remotely operated vehicle deployment for 2012 will take place around the Deepwater Horizon wellhead after satellite imaging of an oil sheen verified the well was still leaking, according to RestoreTheGulf.gov.
On November 9, the U.S. Coast Guard approved the inspection plan submitted by BP and Transocean, the companies that caused the oil spill. The inspection is set for December 9.
Captain Duke Walker, the federal on-scene coordinator, also mandated that the companies create a plan with several options to clean and mitigate oil in wreckage around the well.
The first ROV deployment identified oil leaking from a containment dome on the seafloor. The second sealed leaks in the dome.
Image: A satellite image of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (Credit: NASA)