The Nassau County Coast Guard has reported mysterious crude oil deposits which began washing ashore near Atlantic Beach Long Island. The spill is reported to be near 500-gallons. According to the New York Times, the incident was first reported by surfers who called the Coast Guard on Thursday morning to report oil clinging to their wet suits and tarlike balls along a mile of Atlantic and Long Beaches on the barrier island west of Jones Beach.
The spill, which is estimated to have originally happened on Thursday, affected a 2-and-a-half mile south shore section of Long Island beaches. Crews worked over 3 days to remove about 75 percent of the oil.
The Coast Guard still hasn’t pinpointed the source of the oil although Nine merchant ships have been identified to have passed in the area within 48 hours before the appearance of the discharge. Samples of their fuel will be taken and compared with the oil found on the beaches.
As many would like to believe that a ship could have been punctured or leaking, a discharge could have been intentional. Apparetnly it is a lot cheaper to get rid of the oil by dumping it rather than transporting it to a waste oil facility that can burn it to create electricity. That is what will happen to the oil collected from the beach.
People who find oil remnants are encouraged to call the 24-hour DEC Oil Spill Hotline at 800-457-7362 or the DEC Region I Spill Response Office at 631-444-0323.