Tar Balls Cleaned fromTexas Shoreline

Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen LehmannSmall RSS Icon
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Petty Officer 2nd Class Clarence Rivera visually measures a tar ball during the clean up of a 20-mile stretch of land from Padre Island National Seashore to the beaches of Port Aransas, Aug. 6, 2013. Beachgoers contacted Coast Guard Station Port Aransas Sunday to report that tar patties were washing ashore. Sector Corpus Christi deployed personnel from their Incident Management Division to respond. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Coast Guard members are working with Miller Environmental Services and Texas General Land Office specialists to clean up naturally occurring tar balls discovered on 20-mile stretch of land from Padre Island National Seashore to the beaches of Port Aransas, Tuesday.

Beachgoers contacted Coast Guard Station Port Aransas Sunday to report that tar patties were washing ashore. Sector Corpus Christi deployed personnel from their Incident Management Division to respond.

Currently, a team comprised of individuals from the three agencies is surveying the shoreline and removing the tar balls.

"The tar balls range from very small to as big as three feet by three feet," said Lt. Patrick Marshall, the chief of Sector Corpus Christi's Incident Management Division. "This cleanup is not part of any ongoing investigation as tar balls are a naturally occurring event with natural seepage in the Gulf of Mexico."

Tar balls are not uncommon along the Gulf Coast and are formed when an accumulation of thick oil is battered by wave action until it breaks apart in the form of small round clumps. Tar balls are generally not associated with fresh oil, rather, they are usually the result of oil that has been present in the water for some time. Oil or tar balls suspected to be from a spill are tested to see if they match the suspected source.

Anyone discovering tar balls or pollution is asked to immediately contact the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802, the Coast Guard said. The Coast Guard and its partner agencies strongly urge the public not to attempt to clean up any pollution. If contact occurs, wash the area with soap and water, baby oil or a widely used, safe cleaning compound such as the cleaning paste sold at auto parts stores. Avoid using solvents, kerosene, diesel fuel or similar products on the skin as these products, when applied to skin, present a greater health hazard than the oil.
 

  • U.S. Coast Guard photo

    U.S. Coast Guard photo

Maritime Reporter August 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Environmental

Cove Point LNG Export Facility Gets US FERC Approval

U.S. federal regulators on Monday approved construction of Dominion Resources Inc's liquefied natural gas export project in Cove Point, Maryland. Cove Point is the fourth U.

Shipping's GHG Emissions Down

The total Green House Gas (GHG) emissions from global maritime transport are estimated to have been over 20% lower in 2012 than in 2007, according to "London Matters

OC Selects Siemens Blue Drive PLUSC Propulsion Solution

Siemens Blue Drive PLUSC Low Voltage Propulsion Solution providing reliability, Safety, increased fuel efficiency, reduced greenhouse gas emissions (Methane, NOX

News

Aker Evaluating Future of US Shipyard, ASC

Norway's Aker ASA may decide to merge or otherwise restructure two listed units that have seen strong benefits from the U.S. shale oil energy boom, Aker's Converto

Almarin Buoys for GNL del Plata in Uruguay

Almarin has supplied fourteen buoys to OAS constructor for the maritime beaconing of the works of GNL del Plata project in Uruguay. Almarin Spanish AtoN supplier

Mercury Marine produces 75,000th Verado L6 Outboard

Milestone comes less than 10 years after launch of platform.   Mercury Marine, the world leader in commercial and recreational marine propulsion and technology,

Coast Guard

Coast Guard Investigating Fatal Boating Collision

The Coast Guard is investigating a fatal collision between a towboat and a pleasure craft near Cincinnati, Thursday evening. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector

Coast Guard: Investigations Underway in Cutter Collision

The Coast Guard is conducting a series of formal investigations after Tuesday’s collision involving a Coast Guard cutter and a fishing vessel off the coast of Puerto Rico.

Airlift Video: Sick Sailor Taken Off Containership

US Coastguard Corpus Christi inform that a rescue helicopter has medevaced the crewmember of a container ship approximately 40 miles offshore of South Padre Island.

 
 
Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Salvage Ship Electronics Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1651 sec (6 req/sec)