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Oil spill tar balls and affected wildlife on Galveston beaches

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

It's day seven of cleanup efforts and today volunteers from neighboring coastal cities meet here to do their part to keep Galveston's beaches open and operating.

 

" What this is, it's a prog. For concerned citizens to assist with their clean up they will not be doing clean up,but only reporting," says Lt. Dave Wood of US Coast Guard

 

It's going to be a long day for these group of about 20 volunteers. There first stop is Stewart Beach were they'll receive their instructions.

 

"I love everything about Galveston, why wouldn't you want to come and help," said Katren hammerick, who decided to volunteer.

 

But katren And other volunteers weren't even a few minutes into their walk onto the foggy beach, when they spotted oil slicks and remnants of an oil spill that happened this past weekend, when two vessels collided sending thousands of gallons of fuel oil into the bay water..

 

Ken Dies with the US Coast Guard says, "Yes as soon as we passed the sand dunes we found tar balls and residue.

 

As volunteers combed through the seashore, putting red flags in areas of concern, beach goers, hoping to enjoy a relaxing day on Stewart beach, became worried.

 

"I was wondering what was going on I was a little concerned what they were doing," adds Melissa dunlap, came from out of town

 

And as soon as they saw the oil, they decided to call it a day.

 

We are going to go take a shower and we have some other plans for today, adds Melissa Dunlap

 

"It's the gulf of mexico, ot's not a swimming pool. There are more things out there" said a beach goer

 

While son visitors were concerned, others told us the oil spill wasn't going to ruin the start to their weekend.

 

 

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