Oil Spill News Advisory, Will The BP Oil Spill Affect Texas Shores?
by TexasGOPVote on June 2, 2010 at 12:12 PM
TexasGOPVote attended a joint news conference with Harris, Galveston, and Brazoria county judges Tuesday to report on how the BP oil spill will affect Texas coasts. Regional port and Coast Guard officials also attended the meeting and discussed potential impacts to industry and public safety as well as the steps being taken to prepare for any potential impact from the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
US Coast Guard Captain Mark Woodring assured attendees of the conference,"We are prepared. We do have the advantage of having time on our side." He went on the report that the oil spill is 400 miles away and is being monitored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett also mentioned, "We have no indication it's coming our way."
Even so, precautions have already been put in place, including surrounding the wetlands with floating barriers and placing buoys in the Gulf equipped with sensors that would give an early warning of approaching oil.
A reporter asked whether claimed findings of washed up tar balls along Galveston and surrounding beaches could be due to the BP oil spill. Texas General Land officer Richard Arnhart said that tar balls have been known to wash up on Texas beaches due to small leaks in the Gulf and natural seepage, and he did not think the oil from the BP oil leak would have been the cause. Captain Woodring confirmed, explaining that the tar balls had been analyzed and are not from the spill.
For the most part, officials did not think the oil spill will affect the Texas coasts, however, they are also unsure of the impact hurricane season could have on the oil spill's approach toward Texas.