Breaking News!!: Goleta, CA: Reports of a large oil sheen near Goleta Beach.
There are reports of a large oil sheen near Goleta Beach in Goleta, California.
Santa Barbara County Fire Department Crews are reporting a 40 to 50 foot oil slick about 1,000 feet from the Goleta Beach shore.
** Pictures from SBCFireInfo (Twitter Username: @EliasonMike): **
The oil is making its way to the beach and at this moment, Goleta Beach Park is reportedly closed and people are not being allowed into the water or the beach area.
According to Santa Barbara County Fire Department Caption Dave Zaniboni, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department confirmed that that multiple kayakers came back to shore covered in oil and that this is more than just natural oil seepage.
** Picture from Mabrisa Rodriguez (Twitter Username: @KEYTNC3Mabrisa): **
According to the United States Coast Guard, a team of experts have been called to determine whether the large oil slick off the Goleta Beach shore is part of a natural seepage or remnants of the Refugio oil spill.
Health department officials are on scene and they are assessing whether or not the large oil slick and tar balls developing along the beach pose a serious danger to the public enough to close down the entire park.
** Picture from CW affilate KTLA Channel 5: **
CW affiliate KTLA Channel 5 is showing several oil sheen near a oil platform called, “Platform Holly” 5 miles from Goleta, California.
At this moment, no information if this is where the large oil sheen along the Goleta, California coastline.
More information is still coming into ZachNews.