Volunteers strive to clean CA beaches, save wildlife after massive oil spill (PHOTO, VIDEO)
Approximately 300 clean-up workers are combing the beaches, scooping up oil- and tar-covered sand.
One of the volunteers said the effort would take “weeks, if not months.”
Coast Guard Captain Jennifer Williams told Reuters the clean-up will involve scrubbing soiled rocks and hosing down contaminated areas.
Clean-up operation has started after oil spill at California shore pic.twitter.com/eTuLeJj18R
— Andrés Benedicto (@_abenedicto) May 20, 2015
Nine ships are assisting in cleaning up the stretch of affected ocean. Three are scooping up oil from the surface, while six are containing the oil slick with booms.
— Greenpeace USA (@greenpeaceusa) May 20, 2015
Clean-up crews are asking for more buckets, gloves, shovels, water, and volunteers.
— Senerey DeLosSantos (@KEYTNC3Senerey) May 20, 2015
Fishing and shellfish harvesting in the area has been suspended until further notice.
— Laura J. Nelson (@laura_nelson) May 20, 2015
Two popular seaside destinations, Refugio State Beach and El Capitan State Beach, will remain closed to the public during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend.
— senders (@senders) May 21, 2015