MOBILE Ala. – Cleanup crews responded immediately to oily material deposited by Wednesday’s storm surge on a 1,000-foot long by 10-foot wide area of Gulf State Park in Alabama. The presence of oily debris on the beaches is a result of rough surf. Storms expose oil that would otherwise be difficult to locate and contain with appropriate cleanup resources.
“Isolated and sporadic shoreline impacts may continue as oil that remains in the Gulf of Mexico continues to break down and biodegrade,” said U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Steven Poulin, Mobile Incident Commander. “We remain fully committed to this response and will remove any oily material from beaches as quickly as possible so that people can continue to enjoy the beauty of the Gulf Coast.”
The presence of mousse oil (oil in an emulsified state) mixed with oily seaweed and trash was reported late in the afternoon, and cleanup crews were immediately dispatched to the impacted area. Thorough assessments of beaches and back bays in Alabama, Florida and Mississippi are underway to locate any additional oily material that may have been washed up by the storm.
The Mobile ICP and the U.S. Coast Guard are also conducting over flights of the area. The public is asked to report any oil sightings by calling 866-448-5816.
Assessments are underway to identify the source of the oily material.