Coast Guard continues Charleston beaches cleaning, oil spill investigation

CHARLESTON, S.C – The Coast Guard continues oil spill assessment and clean-up at Charleston-area beaches and surrounding areas Friday.

No new oil has been seen in the water, and the volume remaining on area beaches is low. Personnel from Coast Guard Sector Charleston, South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control and Department of Natural Resources continue to monitor and assess local beaches and waters for oil sheen and tar balls. Personnel from Moran Environmental Services and other contractors continue the clean-up effort in affected areas.

A Coast Guard helicopter conducted an over flight Friday morning and found no new evidence of beach impact or oil in the water offshore. Crews also conducted shoreline assessments on Seabrook and Edisto Islands with no evidence of oil or tar balls.

Clean-up crews are still working on Sullivan’s Island, Folly Beach and Kiawah Island. The Coast Guard expects clean-up crews to remain in the affected areas throughout the weekend to ensure a complete and thorough clean-up.

The Coast Guard has not received reports to indicate an impact to wildlife or fisheries.

The source of the spilled oil remains under investigation. The Coast Guard has collected samples from various sources to compare to oil found in the water and on the shore. The analysis and comparison of those samples is not likely to be complete until late next week.

The Coast Guard is asking anyone observing oil in the water or on shore related to this spill to call the local hotline at 843 740-7090.

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