texas oil spill 6 2014

Galveston Oil Spill Threatens Wildlife During Migration Season [Photos]

The barge that collided with another vessel in Galveston Bay Saturday was carrying 900,000 gallons of thick oil that began spilling into the waters which are home to a large population of birds.

According to reports, about one-fifth of the oil had been spilled on the waters of Galveston Bay leaving a greasy layer on top of the waterway of one of the busiest shipping routes in the area.

Coast Guard officials working on he clean-up said that about 168,000 gallons of the oil being carried by the barge, which was seen partially submerged, spilled into Galveston Bay, adding that oil had been detected up to 12 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico as of Sunday afternoon, ABC News reported.

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