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BP Oil Spill Live Updates: Tar Balls From Deepwater Horizon Reach Texas

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2016-07-06 13:00:47
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BP Oil Spill Live Updates: Tar Balls From Deepwater Horizon Reach Texas

Tar balls from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico reached the Texas coast over the weekend. The sighting means that the spill has reached all five U.S. Gulf states.

According to investigators, five gallons of tar balls were discovered near Galveston. Tests on the substances revealed it came from the Deepwater Horizon leak.
Officials confirmed late Monday that the tar globs found in water off Galveston County in south-eastern Texas trace to the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Crews collected about 132 litres of matter, including 26 litres of tar balls, on the Bolivar Peninsula and on East Beach, popular tourist destinations long known for pristine beaches.

It remains unclear how the dime-sized to nickel-size tar balls arrived on Crystal Beach about 640 kilometres west of the source of the spill. Since the remnants are slightly weathered, they may have been transported on a vessel, officials said.

Since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank on April 20, most of the oil contaminating the Gulf has spread eastward on currents.