The Unified Command for the Refugio Oil spill has released information regarding reports of "tar balls" on Ventura County beaches.
From 9:15 this morning:
The Unified Command is working with Ventura County in response to tar balls washing ashore. Shoreline assessment and cleanup has been initiated for urban beaches.
Report any "tar ball" sightings to: 805-770-3682
At this time only El Capitan and Refugio State Beaches are closed. Agencies responding to the spill have surveyed 37.45 miles of shoreline and find 27.90 miles are "impacted" by the spill so far. Dive teams have been deployed to survey the ocean floor "for submerged oil that may have been deposited during the initial days of the incident." When the teams are finished with the surveys, and clean up plan will be created to remove any oil on the ocean floor.
WILDLIFE IMPACTS: As of this morning the following is being reported:
Live birds recovered - 46
Dead birds recovered - 22
Live mammals recovered - 30
Dead mammals recovered - 14
The wildlife recovery teams are continuing to rescue animals impacted by the spill, and it is reiterated "the public should not attempt to rescue oiled wildlife. Untrained individuals who attempt to rescue wildlife may cause more harm than good and may injure themselves in the process."
Report oiled wildlife sightings to: 1-877-823-6926
Other information regarding "recovered material"
Oiled vegetation: 300 cubic yards
Oiled sand: 390 cubic yards
Oiled soil: 3,348 cubic yards
Oily water mixture: 11,600 gallons