Texas General Land Office on Monday, Jul 5 confirmed that oil spill has washed onto state beaches for the first time. Tar balls, which drifted onto Crystal Beach on the Bolivar Peninsula and onto Galveston beaches over the weekend, were subjected to tests and later confirmed to have been from the BP oil spill.
Houston Chronicle pointed out that there was confusion among the experts as to how the oil spill managed to travel to Texas.
Now, the state is trying to ascertain if the oil was carried into the waters of Texas by the ships which travelled through the spill area or by any other means.
Even though Texas officials have remained silent about spill, state agencies such as Department of Public Safety and the General Land Office have been busy formulating plans to mitigate damages since the initial accident in Apr 2010, The Examiner reported.