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Agencies Looking Into Jersey Shore for Oil as Tar Balls Make appearance on the Beach

Agencies Looking Into Jersey Shore for Oil as Tar Balls Make appearance on the Beach

Investigations into reports of oil and tar balls appearing on Long Branch and Monmouth Beach beaches at the Jersey Shore are being looked into by the US Coast Guard and other federal and state agencies.

According to a press release, the Coast Guard formed a unified command later on Tuesday evening that comprised representatives from Monmouth County and the state DEP. The cleanup of the shoreline has already started thanks to an oil spill removal organization.
Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. of the United States stated that the Coast Guard will fly over the region to make sure the problem is isolated and to try to identify the source of the oil problem. He added that cleanup operations would be headed by the Coast Guard. During the flypast on Tuesday night, the Coast Guard reported that no oil was seen in the water.

On Tuesday, images of tar balls on a beach surfaced on X, the former name of Twitter. Tar balls appeared on the beach in a Facebook post from Clean Ocean Action on Monday. The post asked people to contact the state Department of Environmental Protection if they discovered any similar contamination on other beaches.
In Long Branch, tar balls measuring one to two inches were reported Tuesday morning close to Seven President’s Oceanfront Park, according to a press release from the Coast Guard. A fly-over was launched from the Coast Guard station in Atlantic City, and a pollution response team was sent to investigate.

“I am concerned about reports of oil and tar balls off the coast of Long Branch and Monmouth Beach,” Pallone said Tuesday. “I’ve been in touch with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection, and local officials to ensure we find out the origin of the oil and address environmental concerns. I’m ready to help deliver whatever resources are necessary to make sure our coast has what it needs to clean up the contamination.”

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