Coast Guard continues clean up, investigation of Charleston Harbor oil spill

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Coast Guard is continuing to investigate and manage clean up operations Thursday following an oil spill near the mouth of Charleston Harbor.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston crewmembers and personnel from partner agencies continue to conduct assessments along the coastline of Charleston and surrounding areas.

Small tar balls were located Wednesday night and Thursday morning on the north side of Kiawah Island and on the shoreline near the mouth of the Stono River. Clean-up crews were on scene today at these locations, and will likely continue operations through the weekend.

Clean-up crews on Sullivan’s Island and near Fort Sumter were finishing their operations this afternoon. Clean-up will continue on Folly Beach through Friday.

Assessments by Coast Guard helicopters Thursday found no evidence of additional oil offshore. Shore-line assessment teams confirmed no sightings of oil on Seabrook Island and Edisto Island.

The Coast Guard will continue to assess and respond to new sightings.

The source of the spilled petroleum product remains under investigation. The investigation is likely to take several more days to complete.

The Coast Guard is asking the public to minimize foot traffic on affected shorelines. Please do not attempt to remove or clean up any petroleum products located in or around the beach. The clean-up is being conducted by properly trained and outfitted personnel. Report any significant sightings of impacted beaches, marsh or other areas to Coast Guard Sector Charleston at (843) 740-7090.

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