Beaches Now Being Monitored for Oil/Chemical Spill
DNREC has increased the amount of beaches being monitored for Oil/Chemical spills
The oil spill is now on most of Delaware’s beaches
We were eon the beach this morning at Herring point. There are small tar globs along the wrack line the size of a dime on average. They stick to anything they contact, especially the bottom of your feet. Debris washing up is covered in oil tar globs. This is all from crude oil not refined oil. It smells like tar. In under a hundred feet of beach we found enough tar oil to fill a sixteen ounce cup. I can’t imagine how much oil really was spilled to create such a mess. At this point we have found tar oil on over thirty miles of coastline. Delaware only has a hundred and thirteen miles of coastline.
Oil has been found from above Slaughter beach to the Indian River Inlet beaches as well as 3Rs which is not on the monitoring list. “I was walking 3Rs yesterday and my feet were black from this tar oil.” I would not be surprised to find it as far down as Ocean City at this point. The blobs of tar oil are small and hard to see. They are just small black dots on the sand that stick to anything and everything.
DNREC … ADVISORY … Beach Monitoring
Type: Additional Information
Reason: Chemical/Oil Spill
Cape Henlopen State Park Beaches
Delaware Seashore State Park
North beach Indian River Inlet
Start Date: 10/24/2020
Start Time: 13:30
End Date: 10/31/2020
End Time: 08:00
Description: Additional Information
Comments: The cleanup operation continues Saturday along the Delaware coast by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, and assisting agencies. We have more than 100 personnel engaged in the clean up activities today, working where needed from the upper Delaware Bay to the ocean beaches. Our morning surveys found small globs of oil and oily debris scattered from the Delaware Bay Beaches, to the Atlantic coastal beaches from Cape Henlopen State Park to the north side Indian River Inlet. An information advisory issued for bay beaches earlier in the week was extended to ocean beaches down to the inlet.
Some of our efforts Friday focused on beaches in Lewes and we made significant progress. About 21 tons of oily sand and debris ? enough to fill more than two construction dumpsters ? was removed from Delaware’s coastline as of late yesterday. We continue to caution the public that oil is found along the beach and in the waterline along these areas, and some residents have not realized it was oil until they touched or stepped in it, or their pets did. People are urged not to touch the oil. For more information go to http://recwaters.dnrec.delaware.gov