GALVESTON BAY SPILL: Oil Washes Up On Galveston Tourist Beaches

Source: Harvey Rice, Anita Hassan, Lise Olsen / Houston Chronicle

GALVESTON – Oil washed up on tourist beaches in Galveston Monday, two days after the collision of a barge and a tanker spilled an estimated 168,000 gallons of oil into the Houston Ship Channel, an official said.

The oil on Galveston beaches was in the form of tar balls, relatively easy to clean up, primarily on the east end of Galveston Island, said Charlie Kelly, Galveston’s emergency management coordinator.

Meanwhile, authorities prepared to send a test vessel into the channel to see if it could navigate the waterway without encountering oil. If so, the channel could reopoen to at least some traffic later Monday, officials said.

The ferry between Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula, closed since the spill, would be reopened Monday, officials said.

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