Unified command identifies oil, clean-up operations continue

Coast Guard Petty Officer NiChelle Flynn and New York Department of Environmental Conservation environmental engineer Rick Lin patrol Breezy Point Beach Sunday, March 31, 2019, searching for tar balls. On Thursday, the motor vessel Dublin Express leaked fuel in the Arthur Kill waterway. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicole J. Groll)

Coast Guard Petty Officer NiChelle Flynn and New York Department of Environmental Conservation environmental engineer Rick Lin patrol Breezy Point Beach Sunday, March 31, 2019, searching for tar balls. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicole J. Groll)

NEW YORK – The Unified Command for the Goethals Oil Spill positively identified that tar balls recovered from Jacob Riis Park correlate to the fuel oil discharge caused by the container ship Dublin Express,  on the Arthur Kill Waterway, Thursday March 28.

The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Laboratory completed fingerprinting of the tar balls, verifying the recovered oil was found to match the vessel as the source.

Although NOAA trajectories do not predict further impacts, Unified Command will continue to monitor the area through local stakeholders. Cleanup operations in Arthur Kill Waterway are ongoing since the incident occurred.
Shoreline assessments in New York and New Jersey areas have continued since last week, and there have been no reports of additional impacted areas.

For all claims, for reports of oiled wildlife and reports of tar balls please call 866-601- 5880.


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