Galveston tar balls came from Deepwater Horizon, KENS Channel 5 San Antonio, July 5, 2010:
The Texas General Land Office confirmed Monday the tar balls found along the shores of Crystal Beach on Bolivar Peninsula are from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Over the weekend, officials heard rumored reports of tar balls washing ashore. Officials performed rushed tests on samples collected and have since confirmed the oil is from the massive spill in the Gulf.
Tar balls have also been found on East Beach, but officials have not said whether they are from the same source.
Tar balls from oil spill found on Bolivar coastline, Houston Chronicle, July 5, 2010:
Officials have confirmed that tar balls discovered over the holiday weekend on Crystal Beach in the Bolivar Peninsula are from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, marking the first time oil from the spill has been found on Texas beaches.
About 10-12 tar balls washed up on Crystal Beach on Saturday. On Sunday, 5 gallons of oil were also found on the same beach. ...
After workers cleaned the beach, the tar balls and oil were sent to labs to be analyzed. Officials confirmed that the oil was from the Deepwater Horizon spill. ...
If the tar balls found in Galveston are related to the oil spill, the key will be figuring out how they got here, said Roschelle Gaskins, a spokeswoman for the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Coast Guard, as late as last week, had told the bureau that oil from the spill was not predicted to reach Galveston, she said. ...
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