The ports are open, the beaches largely unharmed and the Bolivar ferry back in business 24-7. In the wake of a 4000 barrel oil spill there's reason to be relieved on Galveston Bay.
"Monday morning had to drive all the way around which turned a seven mile trip into a 120 miles. So it was a pain," said Bolivar resident Jason Ward of the spill related ferry closing.
But near Texas City, Galveston's Far East end and on Pelican Island skimmers and responders are still hard at work and with good reason. Along the shore debris coated with thick marine fuel can easily be fished from the water. There are now nearly 1000 responders at various locations on the bay. They have accumulated more than 18,000 bags of solid waste - containers filled with absorbent material used to wipe up the tar-like bunker fuel that sticks to anything it hits. Galveston resident Martin Petree predicts they are going to need a lot more bags.
"When the oil picks up debris it's going to get a lot more heavy and it's going to drop so we are going to have this on our shoreline for quite a while," said Petree.
Despite the deployment of close to 70,000 feet of boom the Coast Guard says nearly 19 miles of shoreline has been impacted. John Jacob of the environmental advocacy group Galveston Baykeeper says had wind and current not pushed much of the spill out to sea fragile wetlands would have been devastated.
"We really need to be thinking about the future here. Yes, we dodged a bullet, but can we dodge it again?," asked Jacob.