Coast Guard, assisting agencies continue cleanup of tar balls in vicinity of Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi personnel and federal, state and local officials continue to respond to the discovery of tar balls, July 29, 2009, that washed ashore along a 100-mile-stretch of coastline from Port Mansfield to Port Aransas.

Watchstanders at Sector Corpus Christi received a call July 27, 2009, reporting the discovery of tar near the Mansfield channel. The following agencies have responded to the recovery effort:

  • United States Coast Guard
  • Texas General Land Office
  • National Park Service
  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  • Miller Environmental Group

As of July 29, 2009, the following statistics apply to the recovery effort:

  • Approximately 30 cubic yards of tar and sand recovered
  • Approximately 45 personnel from various agencies have responded to the recovery effort
  • Approximately 100-miles of shoreline have been affected including Port Aransas, Mustang Island, Bob Hall Pier and the Padre Island National Seashore

Tar balls are formed when an accumulation of thick oil is battered by wave action until it breaks apart in the form of small round clumps.

There have been no reports of injury to people or animals.

Investigator are working to determine the source of the tar balls.

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