Several state and federal agencies are responding to minimize the impact of the oil spill on the Texas Gulf Coast.
Response workers in the area are trying to prevent the spread of oil into other areas of the channel and Galveston Bay, safety zones have been established to restrict traffic into the impacted areas, including the Houston ship channel.
Workers were mobilized on East beach this morning to clean oil that has impacted the area. Officials also continue to monitor air quality to ensure the safety of workers and others in the area.
The clean up effort has resulted in the Bolivar ferry being closed until further notice to commercial traffic. Right now, it is providing only EMS service.
A reminder that the public is reminded to refrain from capturing any potentially affected wildlife.
The Galveston County Office of Emergency Management has closed the Houston Ship Channel and Seawolf Parking to fishing.
The Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbott released the following statement regarding the response and resources to the spill:
"Galveston Bay, Galveston Island and the surrounding coast area are Texas treasures. The damage inflicted by the spill is a blow to small businesses, fishing, recreation, and the overall economy-- but its ripple effects will be felt much wider. While emergency workers race to get the spill contained and cleaned, the attorney general's office will assist with the coordinated state response and has opened a civil investigation into the disaster. The Office of the Attorney General is on the ground to help determine the loss to local businesses as a result of the spill and at the appropriate time will do all we can to recoup losses to local businesses. Galveston has a long history of showing great resilience in the face of great disaster. As a state, we will do all we can to bolster that strength. As Texans, we know what it means to come to the aid of a neighbor. We all must work together to make sure we are protecting the vital resources and businesses that provide the backbone of our strong economic engine."