Coast Guard continues to investigate possible oil spill in Charleston Harbor

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

Coast Guard Sector Charleston crewmembers have conducted aerial, on-water and shoreline assessments. Oil sheens and small tar balls were found on Sullivan’s Island, Folly Beach, near Fort Sumter and Kiawah Island and in offshore waters during assessments completed late Tuesday and early Wednesday.

A small amount of oil washed ashore during the high tide overnight Tuesday and clean-up crews were active in recovering oil on Wednesday. Based on assessments made Wednesday, only small amounts of oil remain in near shore waters. The Coast Guard expects some additional minor shoreline impact south of Charleston. The Coast Guard will continue to assess and respond to new sightings. Clean-up operations are expected to continue at least through Thursday.

On-water and shoreline clean-up is being conducted in partnership with more than 30 Moran Environmental Recovery contractors, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, and municipal police, fire and beach patrols.

The source of the spilled petroleum product remains under investigation.

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