Environmental Agencies Complete Tarball Recovery on Crown Memorial Beach

ALAMEDA, Calif. (CG Public Affairs) – The Coast Guard, working with the Department of Fish and Game, Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR), and East Bay Regional Parks, has completed the recovery of tarballs which were discovered on Robert Crown Memorial State Beach, Tuesday. The agencies plan to continue investigations into the source of the oil.

Samples of the recovered oil have been taken by the involved agencies for laboratory analysis. Although the specific type of oil has yet to be determined by further testing, the initial analysis conducted by the California Department of Fish and Game Pollution Chemistry Lab indicated that the oil is not residual material from the November 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill. The Coast Guard and OSPR have also taken samples of oil from vessels that transited the approximate area of the spill around the time of the incident. Even after extensive analysis of the oil samples, officials still may not be able to determine the exact origin of the tarballs.

Cleanup efforts continued this morning at 7 a.m., as crews conducted an assessment of the beach and continued removing pieces of oil. At 7:40 a.m., an HH-65 helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco conducted an overflight to search for potential sources of the oil, and rule out other areas affected by pollution. Additional shoreline areas have also been investigated by Department of Fish and Game wardens. No further oil sheens have been reported.

Oil cleanup operations are now complete, but Robert Crown Memorial State Beach remains closed by Parks officials due to a sewage spill that occurred Wednesday afternoon unrelated to the tarball incident.
Additional information regarding the beach closure can be obtained by contacting East Bay Regional Parks at 510-544-2208.

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