There is no evidence of a leaking well, remnant oil released from the site is minimal, and further intervention could release significant quantities of oil into the water column and negatively impact the environment. Therefore, the appropriate response posture is to monitor the site and standby ready to mobilize in the unlikely event that conditions change. Overflights continue twice per week to monitor the surface sheen for recoverable oil. Consistent empirical data from some 2,500 aerial surveys disprove flawed studies that wildly exaggerate release estimates. In fact, in the 14 years since the incident occurred, monitors have found only trace amounts of dark, recoverable oil capable of collection. The sheen is so thin and dispersed that it is impossible to collect. And there has been no impact on marine life nor has any oil from the MC-20 site come ashore.
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