Saturday’s oil-barge accident in Galveston Bay imperils thousands of local birds.
By Raillan Brooks
Texas City, at the mouth of the Houston Ship Channel, was the site of a massive oil spill on Saturday, an industrial accident with dire consequences for birds and wildlife throughout Galveston Bay.
The spill, the result of a collision between a ship and a barge, unleashed nearly 170,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Though the volume of spill is low compared to the 210 million gallons that leaked into the gulf during the Deepwater Horizon Spill four years ago, the spill is nonetheless a serious environmental crisis.
In an unhappy coincidence, Monday marked the 25th anniversary of the infamous Exxon Valdez oil spill, when 11 million gallons of crude oil oozed into Alaska’s Prince William Sound. Thousands of gallons of oil still poison the coasts, likely preventing the local ecosystem from ever recovering…
(read more: Audubon Magazine)
photo: Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle/AP