Oil Is Seeping From The Beach In Bolivar Peninsula

The Coast Guard continues to clean up oil from a beach on the Bolivar Peninsula near Galveston. Officials are still trying to determine the source of the seepage, which was first discovered last Friday. More than 200 gallons have been cleaned up.

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Federal, state and local agencies and response personnel dig a trench and place sorbent boom to collect oil seeping from the ground on Bolivar Peninsula in Texas Saturday, June 20, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Coast Guard Lt. Sam Danus says they’ve trenched a 100-yard area of beach to clean up the seepage.

“It’s an 8-9 inch trench with a sorbent boom, and that oil that’s coming up from that spot where there’s oil seepage, is being absorbed by that sorbent boom,” said Danus.

As that process continues, Danus says they’re trying to figure out where the oil is coming from.

“Once we’re able to identify the source, we’ll be able to work with the responsible party, and to mitigate any environmental effects the oil may have,” said Danus.

Danus says they will continue working with other agencies to protect the public and sensitive environment from the pollution threat.

But Luke Metzger with Environment Texas says these kinds of spills are all too common.

“In 2014, there were 439 oil spills into Texas coastal waters, totaling 174,000 gallons of oil spilled into our waterways. That was an increase from 2013 when there were 422 oil spills,” said Metzger.

Metzger says some of the oil found comes from natural seepage, but more is coming from rigs, tankers and other human sources. He says it’s not helping the Gulf of Mexico, which is still recovering from the BP Oil Spill in 2010.

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