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    75 tons of debris, sand removed after oil spill impacting Maryland, Delaware coasts

    Officials remain hard at work to remove oil from the coastlines of Maryland and Delaware following a mysterious spill that led to the closure of beaches.

    Authorities have already removed around 75 tons of debris and sand impacted by the oil since the spill was initially observed on Oct. 19.


    The oil was first spotted when it washed onto Delaware’s Broadkill Beach. Officials have not determined how or where the spill occurred.

    “We got tons of oily debris and weathered oil off our beaches, but we’re not done yet,” said Secretary Shawn Garvin of Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.


    “Our experts continue to survey our coastline, assessing the cleanup operation, and as we move ahead, conducting final evaluations of our beaches to make sure the job is done.”

    A beach north of the Indian River Inlet in southern Delaware.
    A beach north of the Indian River Inlet in southern Delaware. (Randall Chase/AP)

    Beaches in both Maryland and Delaware were temporarily closed last month as crews worked to clean up the areas. While Maryland’s beaches are not currently impacted by the situation, Delaware’s Lewes Beach remains shut down for the time being.

    Cleanup efforts are currently being funded by the Coast Guard, which says it expects to be paid back by whichever group is determined to be at fault.

    With News Wire Services

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