Tar Balls Reach Texas Coast

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

GALVESTON, Tx - Ronnie Rouse, of T&T Marine Salvage, a company contracted to clean tar balls off of Galveston beaches, picks up a tar ball on East Beach Tuesday, July 6, 2010. (U.S. Coast Guard)

On Tuesday, oil hit the coast of Texas, officially reaching every state along the Gulf of Mexico. About five gallons of oil were found near Galveston, Tex. appearing in the form of small tar balls.  According to state Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, tar balls are not uncommon in Texas; they hear about ten reports of them a year. That same office also confirmed that the oil has come from the BP Deepwater Horizon leak, and said it has most likely reached Texas by a boat or vessel rather than ocean currents.

We talk with Larry McKinney, director of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, about the oil arriving on Texas beaches.


Larry McKinney

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Arwa Gunja

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