These Delaware Beaches Are Being Monitored for Oil Spill Tar Balls
As the day has progressed DNREC has moved up and down the coast monitoring beaches. Around 11 AM this morning oil tar balls were washing up on the point. Small ones. The way some people are reacting around here you would think a tanker ran aground. But their concerns are not too far off. It is being said this spill is from 215 gallons of oil. I know oil can spread far, but from Slaughter beach to nearly Rehoboth beach seems like a huge stretch for 215 gallons of oil in the form of sticky tar balls or globs.
“I was standing in the water at Lewes and it covered my leg and was really sticky.” Jodi Jones.
At 3 PM I saw the Tri State Bird, petroleum rescue truck on the highway headed south. I didn’t even know they had a truck for that. Dawn dishwashing detergent is the best to remove oil tar ball residue off your skin. Gasoline works too, but is not good for your skin, and then you have to clean off the gasoline, with Dawn Dishwashing detergent.
If you are surf fishing I wouldn’t worry unless your fish gets covered in a tar ball. Then I would clean off the fish and return it to the water. You don’t want to eat a tarred fish. This is not the cooking oil you use in the kitchen. Check the water for oil balls on the bottom and floating. They will stick to anything they come in contact with; skin, waders, and pets.
The following beaches are under a DNREC oil spill watch:
Beach Plum should be but is not
Lewes Beach North and South
The Point has some oil tar balls but is not under a watch.
At this rate I am guessing Rehoboth beach might see some tar balls after the next tide cycle if they haven’t already.
A few years ago we found several five gallon buckets of oil on the beaches. When we reported them we were told not to worry oil will dissipate quickly. I don’t imagine we will see this oil much longer than a few days. I am also not a fan of seeing it, but glad to see it is being dealt with quickly.