The oil spill in Galveston Bay was a tragedy, but Galveston Mayor Lewis Rosen recognized it was also an opportunity to sell an important idea.
Standing in front of a map of Galveston Bay, Rosen briefed Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson on the possibilities of the Ike Dike for containing oil spills.
The Ike Dike is a proposed system to protect the bay from catastrophic hurricanes such as Ike, which hit in 2008.
The proposed system includes massive floodgates across Bolivar Roads.
Had those gates been in place, they could have been closed to contain the spill, making the cleanup much simpler.
It’s a simple, straightforward idea that’s already in use in Galveston County, albeit on a much smaller scale.
When the spill occurred off the Texas City Dike a week ago, the flood gates at Moses Lake were closed, preventing the oil from spreading into that area.