Town of Ocean City Monitoring Delaware Oil Spill
OCEAN CITY, MD – (October 26, 2020): The Town of Ocean City is working closely with the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to monitor a recent oil spill in Delaware. Ocean City officials were alerted to the oil spill over the weekend, at which time Emergency Management and Public Works personnel began to closely monitor the beach. With currents running in the southerly direction, some tar-balls have been viewed washing ashore in Ocean City and is expected to last for the next several days.
The U.S. Coast Guard, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) are working to clean the spill, including the collection and disposal of the oil. The Town of Ocean City will continue to work with responding agencies, including MDE, to coordinate a unified response.
Beachgoers should be advised of the possibility of tar-balls on the beach and use caution. If you see anything out on the beach that resembles oil or a tar-ball, please report it to the Maryland Department of Environment at (866) 633-4686.