Aerial Surveillance Shows Oil Spill Has Been Fully Recovered

Carpinteria, Calif – Responders from the U.S. Coast Guard, California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) and DCOR, LLC took to the skies at first light today with three aircraft to look for any remaining oil offshore. Five separate flights using both helicopters and a fixed-wing airplane were conducted over a five-hour period, effectively searching over 138 square miles of the ocean surface off the coast of Santa Barbara. Observers did not sight any crude oil from the platform spill on the water. These visual results were confirmed during the morning’s survey using the new ocean thermal imagery, which also did not detect any oil on the surface of the water except the locations of known natural seeps.

Seven oil recovery vessels were also deployed and immediately commenced similar surface searches for oil while standing by for instructions from the aerial spotters. As neither the vessels nor the aircraft observed any oil, the offshore cleanup operations were suspended in the early afternoon at the conclusion of the aggressive and expanded survey operations. The Coast Guard Pacific Strike Force was also brought in as a precautionary measure, and assisted in the surveys from both the water and the air.

While no shorelines have been impacted, the unified command continues to be concerned about the possibility of wildlife, especially seabirds that may have been oiled in the last 48 hours. Thus far several oiled birds have been recovered and are being treated by the Oiled Wildlife Care Network. State wildlife officials will continue to conduct assessments looking for oiled birds throughout the week. The public is asked to not try to rescue oiled wildlife as this may pose a health and safety risk to both the animal and the individual. To report sightings of oiled wildlife, please call 877-UCD-OWCN (877-823-6926).

The unified command will continue to meet and monitor the situation.

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