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Oil spill reaches Matagorda Bay beaches

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Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:25 am

Oil from the Galveston Bay spill found its way to the beaches of Matagorda Bay late Thursday.

Officials from the Texas City “Y” Response Unified Command confirmed oil had washed ashore on 12 miles of beach on Matagorda Island, south of Matagorda State Park.

The landfall was expected after winds began blowing oil that made its way from Galveston Bay into the Gulf of Mexico southward and landward.

The Unified Command had anticipated the landfall and moved some of its personnel and resources to Port O’Connor. The responders include about 150 field personnel and 12 vessels deploying 16,000 feet of protective boom. Another 48,600 feet of containment boom and 80,000 feet of absorbent boom has also been deployed.

Officials said booms appeared to have kept the oil out of Espiritu Santo Bay. The bay serves as a habitat for birds, including the endangered whooping crane, and oyster beds.

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