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Coast Guard Backs Off Report of Oil Sheen, Can't Spot One

5:11 PM, Sep 2, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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Well, this is heartening:

Coast Guard Cmdr. Cheri Ben-Iesau said Thursday afternoon that crews was unable to confirm the oil sheen. The Coast Guard says platform owner Mariner Energy reported a sheen about a mile long and 100 feet wide. But the company has said in a statement that an initial flyover didn't find an oil spill.

Just hours ago, the Coast Guard had reported a mile-long, 100-feet-wide sheen on the surface of the ocean near the platform fire. It's great news if they were mistaken.

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