Unified command identifies oil, clean-up operations continue

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Unified command identifies oil, clean-up operations continue


NEW YORK – The Unified Command for the Goethals Oil Spill positively identified that tar balls recovered from Jacob Riis Park correlate to the fuel oil discharge caused by the Dublin Express on the Arthur Kill Waterway, Thursday March 28.

The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Laboratory completed fingerprinting of the tar balls, verifying the recovered oil was found to match the vessel as the source.

Although NOAA trajectories do not predict further impacts, Unified Command will continue to monitor the area through local stakeholders. Cleanup operations in Arthur Kill Waterway are ongoing since the incident occurred.
Shoreline assessments in New York and New Jersey areas have continued since last week, and there have been no reports of additional impacted areas.

For all claims, for reports of oiled wildlife, reports of tar balls, and for media queries please call 866-601- 5880.