Tar balls wash up in Texas for 6th straight day; Coast Guard denies BP link, then won’t respond to questions


Origins of Texas tar balls remain a mystery, Houston Chronicle, July 9, 2010:

But Texas and federal officials could not confirm the report, and the Coast Guard didn't respond to requests for comment. "It's all over the board," Nancy Brown, a Texas-based U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokeswoman, said of the test results. "Some of the results are from the BP spill, and others are not. It depends on the day." ...

Coast Guard officials had said that five boats and barges that aided in the cleanup of the massive spill may have carried the oil to Texas, not ocean currents. The first sight of oil on the state's coast came July 3, with tar balls found along Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula.

On Friday, Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Richard Brahm told the AP that only tar balls found along McFaddin Beach near Port Arthur on Monday came from the BP spill. The confusion resulted from a mistake made at a lab in Houma, La., he said. ...

"From our perspective, it doesn't matter where they come from," Suydam said. "We just pick them up. The origin is really a billing issue for later."

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