South Padre Island tar ball cleanup nears ends

Brownsville, Texas – Clean up efforts continued Saturday in the removal of tar balls that washed ashore on beaches near South Padre Island July 23, 2009. It is estimated that more than 2,500 gallons of tar have been recovered, and clean up efforts are expected to end Saturday.

The U.S. Coast Guard, Texas General Land Office, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife crews have been working together to clean up the oiled beaches.

Chemical Response and Remediation Contractors (CRRC) was contracted to conduct the clean up.

CRRC dispatched a crew of more than 10 workers Saturday to clean up remaining oiled areas on Boca Chica beach.

There was one report of a dead and oiled bird.

There have been no reports of injury to people and no adverse impact to fisheries.

The source of the oil spill is under investigation.

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