The report, released this past week and written by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and one at Florida State University, also contradicted the assertions of Taylor Energy Company about where oil was coming from.
The leak started in 2004, when a oil platform belonging to the Taylor Energy Company was damaged by a mudslide after Hurricane Ivan hit the Gulf of Mexico. A bundle of pipes and wells sank to the ocean floor and became partially buried under the mud and sediment
To respond to the leak, Taylor Energy tried to cap nine of the wells and place containment domes over three of the plumes in 2008.
But after local activists saw more oil slicks near the site of Deepwater Horizon Spill in 201