Delaware oil spill spreads south to Ocean City

Photo courtesy of the Town of Ocean City

OCEAN CITY, Md. — The town of Ocean City says they are working closely with the Maryland Department of the Environment to monitor the recent oil spill in Delaware. “We’ve been monitoring our beaches. Our emergency crews as well as our public works crews have been monitoring the beach specifically around high tide cycles,” said Communications Manager and Acting Tourism Director Jessica Waters.

Officials say they were alerted about the oil spill over the weekend, at which time Emergency Management and Public Works personnel began to closely monitor the beach. We’re told with currents running south, some tar-balls have been seen washing ashore in the beach town and is expected to do so for the next several days. “This is a worst nightmare for any beach town, for any coastal community. We want to make sure the public knows to be cautious. If you have a pet or children or if you’re walking along the shore itself, you very likely could experience these tar balls,” said Waters.

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) are working to clean the spill, including the collection and disposal of the oil. The Town of Ocean City says they will continue to work with responding agencies, including MDE, to coordinate a unified response.

Officials warn that beach-goers should use caution and report any sightings of oil or a tar-ball to the MDE at 866-633-4686.

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