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.