Report: March oil spill just one of hundreds each year in Galveston Bay

Report: March oil spill just one of hundreds each year in Galveston Bay

Credit: KHOU

Some black, tar-like globs, along with a dark line of a sticky, oily substance, were seen along the shoreline of the Texas City dike, a 5-mile jetty that juts into Galveston Bay across from a tip of Galveston Island.

Print
Email
|

by The Associated Press

The Associated Press

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 10:37 AM

HOUSTON -- The March oil spill in the Houston Ship Channel is just one of the hundreds of spills occurring in Galveston Bay each year.
    
The Houston Chronicle reports that statistics from the Houston Advanced Research Center show that Galveston Bay has averaged 285 spills a year since 1998.
    
Most of those are tiny compared to the incident two weeks ago when a barge and a ship collided, causing as much as 170,000 gallons to spill into the water.
    
The spills in the bay average about 103 gallons each, according to the research center's data. But vice president Lisa Gonzalez likens those spills to a "death by a thousand cuts" for wildlife and the quality of water in an environmentally sensitive area that's also crucial for tourism and business.
    
___
    
Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Print
Email
|