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Delaware oil spill cleanup nears completion; origin unknown

“At the end of the day, every person associated with this response effort is striving for the best possible outcome for affected areas and their residents,” said USCG Lt. Cmdr. Fredrick Pugh in a statement. “With that in common, we will make intelligent determinations, zone by zone, that prioritize human safety, protection of wildlife and preservation of the environment.”

The cause of the oil spill remains unknown, but an investigation by the U.S. Coast Guard is underway to determine the source, which officials initially believed was some type of ship. If a source is identified, the responsible party must reimburse the federal government for the cleanup operation.

The environmental organization Delaware Audubon Society is offering a $2,000 reward for information related to the cause of the oil spill, thanks to help from a donor.

While small spots of oil or isolated bits of debris may still be seen in the next several days, any large portions of oil or oily debris on the sand or in the water should be reported to DNREC.

Tips related to the cause of the oil spill can be relayed to the National Response Center at 800-424-8802. To make a report about the Delaware coastline, call DNREC’s toll-free environmental hotline at 800-662-8802. For reports concerning the Maryland coastline, call the Maryland Department of the Environment at 866-633-4686.

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2020-11-02 13:51:19

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