Report: Tar found on O.C. beaches not from Santa Barbara oil spill
Tar balls that washed ashore onto Orange County beaches following an oil spill in Santa Barbara last month came from another source, said a report released Friday by a petroleum pipeline company.
Plains All American Pipeline said a fingerprint analysis was conducted on tar ball samples collected from May 19 to June 11 along shorelines from Gaviota State Park south to San Clemente.
Federal regulators are still investigating the May 19 spill of up to 101,000 gallons of oil.
The results concluded that that in the first week after the spill, areas impacted were from Gaviota State Park to El Capitan State Beach. In the second week, beaches in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties saw a mix of oil from the spill and other sources, such as natural seeps from the ocean floor.
Beaches from El Segundo to Redondo were closed for more than two days.
Tar balls in San Clemente were found to have been from a source other than the oil spill.
Beachgoers reported finding tar balls near the tide in Seal Beach, Huntington Beach and Newport Beach around two weeks after the spill.
Tar sightings are not unuasal, Lt. Chris Pierce of the Seal Beach Marine Safety/Lifeguards Department told the Register earlier this month.