May 19th, 2010
08:50 AM ET

Coast Guard: Tar balls found in Keys not from BP spill

Tar balls discovered on the Florida Keys shoreline are not connected to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard said Wednesday.

Tests done "conclusively show" that the tar balls found on the shoreline do not match the type of oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The source of the tar balls remains unknown at this time.

"The conclusion that these tar balls are not from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill incident in no way diminishes the need to continue to aggressively identify and clean up tar ball-contaminated areas in the Florida Keys," Capt. Pat DeQuattro, commanding officer of the Coast Guard's Key West sector said. "We will continue to operate as a Unified Command and utilize funding through the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund until we have successfully identified any additional tar balls on the shoreline and completed cleanup efforts."

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  1. J DOG

    I got a few of those in my lungs

    May 19, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. DIg It

    Tar Ball.

    Tar Ball.

    Tar Ball.

    Yep, that's funny.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. k3citizen

    Don't blame the Coast Guard and CNN for the report, they aren't the ones making billions a year.
    Has anyone tried cleaning the oil up with Bounty? It is this quicker picker upper!

    May 19, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • paul

      CNN is makeing billions on this news headlines,

      May 19, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • paul

      CNN is makeing billions on this news headlines, cnn is obviously not printing again to-day

      May 19, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mayte

    In all honesty, as long as I can remember, as a child going to the beach I would come home with tar all over my toes from walking in the water. It's Florida, a peninsula, sticking out into the ocean, we are bound to pick up whatever gunk that's floating around the Atlantic, Gulf, and Caribbean. This is no big surprise to me. It just made news, ONLY, due to the fact that there's this huge oil spill going on. Let's just hope the spill doesn't reach the Everglades, or there goes our eco-system in South Florida as we know it.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • lochlan

      Don't know what beaches you were walking on. That never happened to me. NEVER.

      May 19, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. Florida Girl

    Thank God! Florida Does not need that disaster on it beaches.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. paul

    please you mushrooms–this election primary season- could we possibley analyze this in the iraq where history began as we are told bitumen seeps up through four miles of sandstone and the waves bring the rainbow colour bitumen to shore where it collects in bitumen strands the locals roll in to balls and sell , it does not form balls on the river bottom, so if we consider that you never had tar balls before the oil accident , but shortly thereafter, and the pictures in the news from cnn must then be fake, do we have to conclude that the oil disaster in VALDEZ , ALASKA was not exxons spill ? then it was oil seeping up through the earths,crust, these two have significant simularity,s, then exxon has to be reimbursed for what they paid out, more food for the mushrooms

    May 19, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. MartinSA

    I'm wondering when someone in the media is going to point out the huge coincidence between Obama's policy on Gulf drilling and the accident. After years of drilling–an "accident" happens within months of the President's announcement. that's either one of those insane historical coincidences or sabotage of some kind.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Curt

      EXACTLY. You are so correct. This has been going on for decades without these type of accidents.... and now? Obama and the crazies are LOVING IT!!! I'm sure that when a new Nuclear Power Plant is approved and being built – another "accident" will occur just to thwart it as well.

      May 19, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • knowsall

      Yeah. And you jacks call OTHER people "paranoid".

      May 19, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bill Carson

    April statement from the Coast Guard :

    Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry said no oil appeared to be leaking from a well head at the ocean floor, nor was any leaking at the water's surface. But she said crews were closely monitoring the rig for any more crude that might spill out.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  9. paul

    My personal belief it was a terrorist hit just like the south korean war ship, they do not want us to know about it , as they have the imbarrassment that it happened, it shows the world just how vulnerable oil rigs are to that sort of terrorism , why do you think they want to invite the TALIBAN back into goverment when they spent nine years and trillion of dollars to push them out, all of a sudden hillary clinton loves them, ( her husband as president started it,)

    May 19, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  10. KM

    Wasn't there a Disney cartoon or something called Uncle Remus and the Tar Balls?

    May 19, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. Imbecile

    Can we start calling the Tea Bagger movement the Tar Baller movement?

    May 19, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  12. Florida Guy

    So that's supposed to be comforting?? There's more leaking oil mysteriously washing up on the shores of Key West? I wonder which oil rig that leak came from? Spill, Baby, Spill!

    May 19, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  13. DIg It

    There are two ways to look at this. One is to argue about where the tar did or did not come from. The other is to step back, wake up and realize we are polutting our environment and we don't have to keep doing this. All the bickering and name-calling is just distracting us from the bigger picture.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Florida Guy

      I agree whole heartedly!

      May 19, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Curt

      Bigger Picture? It's called reality right now – Are you concerned about Global Warming as well? I guess we should hold hearings on that Volcano in Iceland that shouldn't be polluting our world....... As horrible as the BP spill is – there are thousands of naturally occurring leaks in the ocean that spew out millions of gallons of oil – and the earth naturally recycles it.

      May 19, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  14. JEEPGUY1985

    SOUNDS LIKE SOMEONE IN FLORDIA IS TRYING TO SCAM A FEW MILLION OFF BP... I THINK SOMEONE PLACED THESE SO-CALLED TAR BALLS ON THE BEACHES THEMSELVES TO MAKE PROFIT... GET A REAL JOB... PEOPLE ALWAYS TRYING TO GET SOMETHING FOR NOTHING.....

    May 19, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Really? Really? That's your argument? There are tar balls, and your response is "get a job"?

      May 19, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. What in TARnation?!?!?

    So...When is "Key West Tar Balls" first show ? Can I get on the mailing list ?

    May 19, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
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