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Tarballs found along San Diego coastline, Orange County oil spill suspected



Large clusters of tarballs were found along beaches in Oceanside and Carlsbad, San Diego County officials said Thursday, Oct. 7, with similar reports being made in Encinitas and Del Mar.

The black balls of tar, about the size of a quarter, are suspected to have come from the massive oil spill off the coast of Orange County, where a ruptured pipeline has spewed more than 144,000 gallons of crude oil into the ocean.

“While it’s not impossible for this to occur naturally, the quantity is highly unusually, and it’s very likely these tarballs are the result of the oil spill,” San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said at a press event Thursday, Oct. 7, in Carlsbad.

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