Tar balls that washed ashore L.A. beaches are annual natural occurrence

Tar balls that washed ashore L.A. beaches are annual natural occurrence

Tar balls that recently troubled some surfers at a couple of Los Angeles County beaches are an annual natural occurrence, lifeguard Capt. Kenichi Haskett said.

Multiple surfers at Surfrider and Hermosa beaches were on Thursday and Friday seen using peanut butter to get rid of tar that had stuck to their feet. Lifeguards say these tar balls are linked to natural seepage from petroleum deposits at the floor of ocean.

Speaking about the so-called tar balls, Haskett said, "These tar balls are an annual natural occurrence that we experience in Los Angeles County as temperatures rise during the spring and summer months."

Scientists have also confirmed that tar balls, which are located roughly one mile off King Harbor, are coming from a natural seepage at the floor of the Pacific Ocean.

Earlier, tar balls washed ashore at beaches in the South Bay, forcing authorities to close the beaches for the public for many days. While most of the tar balls were identified as natural seepage byproducts, some were from thousands of gallons of raw crude that had spilled form a pipeline near Santa Barbara on 19th of May.

Around 20 per cent of leaked crude oozed into the ocean at Refugio Beach, and tar was recovered from as many as 140 miles of beaches.

Plains All-American Pipeline expressed deep apologies for the crude leakage that occurred from a badly corroded pipe. That leakage caused three offshore oil platforms near Santa Barbara to close operations.

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