BP Oil Reaches Texas Coastline

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tar balls believed to have originated from BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill have reached the Texas coastline of the Bolivar Peninsula and Galveston’s East Beach during the holiday weekend, according to the U.S. Coast Guard and state officials.

All five American states with land along the Gulf of Mexico have been impacted by the oil spill.

The Coast Guard and the Texas General Land Office were notified by residents Saturday about tar balls found along Crystal Beach. Capt. Marcus Woodring, Coast Guard sector commander for Houston/Galveston said crews immediately set out to clean up the contamination using rakes and shovels.

Crystal Beach resident Joni Harding — a twenty year resident of the area, was one of the first to report the oil discovered on the beach Saturday afternoon.

“I had dipped my toes in the water just to see how warm it was,” Harding said. “I put my shoes back on and went back to the house.”

She said when she took off her shoes, her feet were covered in oil.

No word yet from Texas Rep. Joe Barton. Barton, you may recall, made a fool of himself during a U.S. House Energy panel meeting by characterizing the $20 billion dollar liability fund President Obama forced BP to create as a “shakedown.”

Despite efforts by BP, Interior Dept. and the U.S. Coast Guard to clean up this mess, it’s clear conditions in the Gulf of Mexico are worsening.

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18 Responses to BP Oil Reaches Texas Coastline

  1. Jack Varney says:

    The concern the Coast Guard has expressed is, once the 2010 hurricane season gets underway, the path of the storms will push the oil into the Houston ship channel, rendering the waterway impassable to the ships bringing goods and services into the USA.

    Also, the region is home to numerous wildlife areas home to threatened species of birds and mammals.

    We are running out of time and options. If the relief wells fail to work, perhaps the nuclear option is the best option to close the well?

  2. Pechanga says:

    The Texas coast today, the Loop current next month.

    Inevitably, BP’s oil will reach the Florida Keys and travel up the East Coast of the continental US.

    The $20 billion liability fund will be emptied out quickly, as states rattled by the Bush recession will tap into it to compensate towns and communities ruined by the oil spill.

    And the mantra of “drill, baby drill” had better become history or the Federal government will face a revolution not seen since the Civil War.

  3. feminazi says:

    If the winds turn around and blow from north to south as they do in the winter, Mexico will be the next victim of BP. They will rightly demand a piece of the liability damages fund. Lets hope there’s enough money available to all the countries invaded by BP.

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  5. Matteo says:

    Why is the Obama administration continuing to allow the Pentagon to buy BP gas and fuel? Think this president isn’t in bed with BP?

    Think again.

    BP has steady sales at Defense Department despite U.S. scrutiny


    BP, meanwhile, remains a heavy supplier of military fuel under contracts worth at least $980 million in the current fiscal year, according to the Defense Logistics Agency. In fiscal 2009, BP was the Pentagon’s largest single supplier of fuel, providing 11.7 percent of the total purchased, and in 2010, its contracts amount to roughly the same percentage, according to DLA spokeswoman Mimi Schirmacher.

  6. Brigadoon says:

    Tar balls from BP have been detected in Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain. I wonder if President Obama still thinks BP is invested in doing the right thing by the American people? This is an environmental mess the U.S. will be dealing with for a generation. Maybe longer.

  7. Nan Yun says:

    Humans have been very poor stewards of this world.

  8. fran says:

    Like all hypocritical GOP’ers, Joe Barton will now start screaming for Federal Gvmnt help w the clean up.

    There are a few tropical storms whipping up in the Gulf as well…. the bigger one headed for Texas, so wind & surf will push more oil that way.

    I hope they tell Joe Barton to get in the back of the line for clean up money, or “shakedown” as he called it. Sorry Joe & Haley Barbour (Guv MS)…. Louisiana, Alabama, Florida are in line first. Mississippi & Texas said everything is fine.

    Interestingly, lightening struck the relief well during the last Hurricane storm last week.

    Even though the tainted judge with the big oil investment portfolio told Obama he can’t put a 6 month moratorium on deep well activities, maybe Mother Nature has sumpthin’ to say about it.
    Hurricane season goes on till November, and it is supposed to be a very active Hurricane year.

    Meanwhile there is an official media blackout– that includes bloggers, by the Coast Guard…. come by & read all about it.

  9. Peace Nick says:

    It’s all just too tragic to comprehend.

    I keep thinking the news will improve, headway will be made and maybe, just maybe, BP, or the Feds will announce they’ve gotten a handle on the spill but the good news never comes.

  10. R.J. says:

    I won’t say I’ve given up hope they’ll “plug that damned hole” but with every passing day there’s more bad news.

  11. Dale L. Suyeishi says:

    My guess is, if the BP oil spill reaches the coast of Mexico, the government will be far tougher legally on BP than the Obama administration has been.

    Remember, BP doesn’t control the electoral process in Mexico, as it does in the USA.

  12. Tiny Dancer says:

    So today is day 77 since the Deepwater Horizon rig blew up and just now, BP (presumably with Obama’s blessing) is bringing in a huge supertanker to start skimming the oil.

    All this is fine and well, la-di-da, and so forth but, why has it taken 77 days and so much destruction to do what the former CEO of Shell said BP should do on Tweety’s program 6 weeks ago?

    What am I missing?

  13. DMason says:

    Enough already! Blow the God damned thing up. I don’t care how they do it. Even an A-bomb. Just cap it and begin the arduous clean up. The region is so damaged as it is. Any remedy can’t make things worse.

  14. Jolly Roger says:

    Seems like Joe could show us all that he’s a man of integrity now by heading down to the beach and taking a swim.

  15. cva says:

    why haven’t they been able to ‘plug’ it????
    77 days and counting, this oil has reached US shorelines and yet still nothing ‘really’ done???
    come on….!!

  16. Idaho Librul says:

    My brother and sister-in-law retired to a coastal town near Padre Island, TX.

    The area is full of protected wildlife habitats. In fact, when many of the oil-drenched pelicans are caught in Louisiana, and the birds are cleaned up, they are air-lifted to this area to be released again into the wild.

    I’m not a fan of Texas politicos but you would be surprised by how many Texans cherish their state and support laws which are intended to protect habitat. The term “Don’t mess with Texas” is a phrase developed to discourage littering. I didn’t know this until about a decade ago.

    Regardless of politics, the wildlife didn’t agree to die horrible deaths from the toxicity of oil. This is a BP/Federal government created problem and as American citizens, we can’t allow this to ever happen again in the USA.

  17. distributorcap says:

    it is only a matter of time before it reaches the caribbean islands and the atlantic seaboard….

  18. D BROWN says:

    As long as they had a pipe down the well, why didn’t they pump Liquid Nitrogen down it. Would this not stop the oil flow until something better could be put in place? And have any tool shop make a stronger, pipe crushing shut off valve? Maybe they wanted to pump oil not stop it?

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