DNREC, Coast Guard say they’re making a lot of progress with oil spill clean up
DELAWARE – It’s been just about two and half weeks since oil first washed ashore Broadkill Beach. The clean up process is still underway. But the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the U.S. Coast Guard say they’re making a lot of progress. “Areas that have now been cleared include Bethany, South Bethany, Fenwick Island, Ocean City, and part of Cape Henlopen State Park along the Atlantic Ocean,” said Chief of Public Affairs Nikki Lavoie.
Lavoie says while that is good news, there’s still work to be done. “There are surveys out doing an assessment of the beaches that have been cleared, as well as some of those that still need work before we’re ready to say the job is done. But I think we’re closing in,” said Lavoie.
Lavoie adds that when the oil was first washing up it was showing up in blobs as big as man holes. But now many of the tar balls are about the size of a pebble. The source of the oil spill is still under investigation by the Coast Guard. They say that if a source is identified, the responsible party would have to reimburse the federal government for the clean up.