Week Into Oil Spill, Some Beaches Still Closed


The beaches at Lewes and Dewey Beach remained closed to the public Friday due to an oil spill that has left tar balls and droplets of oil on the sand. Bethany Beach has reopened its beaches, but visitors are asked to use caution and to avoid touching any oil blobs they may encounter.Efforts to clean…

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Oil Spill May Have Affected 24 Seagulls

Crewmembers from Lewis Environmental, a remediation contractor, conducts cleanup operations of oil patties that washed ashore at various locations on the Delaware Bay coastline between Fowler Beach and Cape Henlopen, Delaware, Oct. 21, 2020. A unified command consisting of the United States Coast Guard and Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) has been established as cleanup efforts continue. (Courtesy photo/Released)

A unified command has been established as efforts continue to clean up oil patties from a spill on Delaware Bay. The Department of Natural Resources says gobs of oil have been found on various locations between Fowler Beach and Cape Henlopen. In addition to cleaning up and removing the oil patties, assessment of the spill’s…

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Del. Bay Oil Spill Continues To Spread

Petty Officer 3rd Class Danielle Nelson, a marine science technician at Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Lewes in Lewes, Del., tracks cleanup efforts of oil patties that washed ashore on Broadkill Beach, Delaware, Oct. 20, 2020. The Coast Guard, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control are responding to, and overseeing the cleanup. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nicholas Fegley/Released)

An oil spill first detected at Broadkill Beach has spread to several other coastal locations – Lewes, Roosevelt Inlet and Beach Plum Island near Cape Henlopen. Tides carried some of the oil out into the Delaware bay, and “oil patties” have also turned up, according to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources. DNREC is working…

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DNREC Investigates Oil Spill At Broadkill Beach


About five barrels of oil, or close to 215 gallons, have washed ashore at Broadkill Beach. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources says its Emergency Response Team responded to examine the impact of the spill and to develop a clean-up plan. The spill covered about 3/4 of a mile along upper Delaware Bay. A Delaware…

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