Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tar Balls Found on Brevard County Beaches Not From BP Oil Spill

The Coast Guard released Monday afternoon news that tar balls found on local beaches were not from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Tar picked up last week from Cocoa Beach and Melbourne Beach share the same origin but it's not from the Gulf oil spill. They seem to be from the same source as tar balls recently found in Key West. The Coast Guard is going to continue its investigation to determine the source of the tar balls. To determine the source of the tar and whether it's specifically from the BP oil spill, it is sent to and examined by the Coast Guard Marine Safety Laboratory in New London, CT. As a reminder, if you see tar ball on any Brevard county beaches, don't touch it but dial 2-1-1 in Brevard county or 1-866-448-5816 if outside of the county. If you see distressed wildlife call 1-866-557-1401.