What is the tarry stuff washing up shorelines?

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by John Wayne Ferguson/ The Daily News

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Posted on March 26, 2014 at 9:48 AM

GALVESTON — The thick, tarry oil that is drifting in Galveston Bay and washing up on local shorelines is both a popular fuel source and the byproduct of the oil refinery process.

The technical name for the substance is IFO-380, but it is commonly known as heavy fuel oil. On Tuesday, a General Land Office official said heavy fuel oil is what’s left in oil after other products — such as gasoline, diesel and kerosene — had been stripped away.

“It’s commonly referred to as bottom of the barrel stuff,” said Greg Pollack, deputy commissioner for the land office’s Oil Spill Prevention and Response division.

Click here to read more at the Galveston County Daily News.

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