Oil Spill Clean Up Still Underway In Delaware State Parks

The Delaware beaches are open and much cleaner now

These clean up crews are working hard daily to get as much oiled debris off the beaches that the can. Yesterday I watched crews picking up the smallest tar balls they could find. You thought finding sea glass was tough. The tools these crews have would make any beach comber’s day. I think they have every type of sand sifting tool you can find. They are disposing of the material they find in roll back dumpsters lined with heavy plastic.

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Tar ball I found on conquest, there are very few of these and not easy to find.

There are still small tar balls in the wrack lines but I didn’t see any tar balls washing up, None of the debris that washed up was covered in tar oil. It was all clean. That is a good sign as well. The lower wrack lines are clear of tar balls. The upper wrack line from the storm surges still hold tar balls, near the dune lines. I would still wear shoes if walking the beaches this weekend.

The cold snap made the tarballs less sticky, or harder, but as we warm up this weekend the sand will warm up and so will whatever is still out there. I have thrown out two pairs of old shoes caked in tar balls. That is why I haven’t been near a beach in several days. Hate not going fishing, but better to stay out of the way and not get tar goo on everything I own.

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Oily debris and sand in a plastic lined dumpster

Surf anglers are no longer experiencing tar balls on their gear. That was another issue, but only for a few days after the initial spill. Haven’t heard of anyone’s fish being affected by this incident. The fish are still feeding.

On a side note this was supposedly only 215 gallons. The amount of resources used to clean up this small amount of tar balls is huge. I can not imagine what our coast would look like if we had a really big oil spill. I also can not imagine the cost of a large spill. I am sure the cost for this clean up is also astronomical. There still hasn’t been a source of the spill found.

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