Oil Spill Begins Washing Up on Texas Beaches

Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - 8:20am

Hoping to catch a break from the weather, BP is trying to get back up to speed on its oil containment efforts after delays from Hurricane Alex last week. And now there's evidence of oil in yet another gulf state, meaning parts of the coastline of every Gulf state are showing oil.

BP hopes to begin new oil cleanup efforts in the Gulf of Mexico this week.

A third containment vessel, the Helix, could almost double oil capture capacity to more than 50,000 barrels a day.

Choppy seas last week prompted delays in hooking up the vessel.

It's part of a new system of ships that can disconnect and move quickly if a hurricane approaches.

And now less than a week after Alex moved out, forecasters say a low pressure system could develop into another storm in the Gulf later this week further delaying cleanup.

For the first time evidence of oil on the shores of Texas.

Over the weekend, tar balls washed up around Galveston.

Texas officials reacting quickly to cleanup point out the oil may have come from ships and not ocean currents.

Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworski says "it's a very small amount of oil so that is inconsistent with the thought that our time has come and the oil has finally hit our shores."

In Louisiana, evidence the oil is creeping farther inland. Tar balls were spotted on the eastern side of Lake Pontchartrain where it opens into the Gulf of Mexico.

There's progress on a pair of relief wells intended to plug the leak by sometime next month. The first of the wells is less then 300 feet from the bottom of the leaking well.

A small bit of promising news in the heartbreaking fight to save the Gulf.
 

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