Oil spill cleanup operations suspended along Del., Md. beaches

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LEWES, Del. – The Unified Command, comprised of the U.S. Coast Guard and Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control suspended operations along the shores of Delaware on Friday.

We’re told cleanup crews are prepared to respond to any further oiling, and shoreline monitoring will still take place. The month-long, multi-agency response to oil patties began on October 19th, after reports of oil patties impacting the Delaware Shoreline from Fowler Beach, downward along the Delaware Bay coast to the state’s Atlantic Ocean beaches from Cape Henlopen to Fenwick Island and to Assateague State Park in Maryland.

Officials say 85 tons of oily sand and debris were removed over the course of three weeks. The origin of the spill remains unknown, but it is still under active investigation by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Marine Safety Lab in New London, Connecticut.

The public is asked to report any sizeable sightings of oil, oily debris, or oiled wildlife to DNREC at 800-662-8802.

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