Ripple effect from oil spill seen on Galveston beaches

Ripple effect from oil spill seen on Galveston beaches

Ripple effect from oil spill seen on Galveston beaches

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by Andrew Horansky / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on March 24, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 25 at 10:49 AM

GALVESTON -- Cleanup crews continued to follow the flow of the oil spill Monday, as they traced its path with booms and boats. A new command post was established at the Fort San Jacinto Historic Point, closer to the Gulf.

At the same time, closings marked a different kind of pathway all along the Houston Ship Channel.

East Beach was shut down indefinitely on Monday. The Bolivar Ferry was still not running.

Travelers Dottie and Jerry Wilt were forced to take the long way around.

“Things happen. What are you going to do?” Jerry Wilt said.

At the same time, frustrations only grew for those who work on the water. Some cruise ships were permitted to slip into the channel, however fishing boats and charters have been told to hold off.

Galveston Party Boats, Inc. had to cancel trips.

“It’s curious to us why there’s some movement of vessels, but not others,” said Ed Schroeder, with Galveston Party Boats, Inc. “It’s a tremendous amount of uncertainty. That’s the main thing we’re dealing with right now.”

With the ultimate impact on business and the environment still not entirely clear, the waiting is what may be most difficult now.

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