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Texas City Oil Spill Will Take Economic, Ecological Toll

Posted on 3/24/2014 by with 0 comments

Sunday’s oil spill that closed the shipping channel connecting Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico is having a ripple effect across the coast,and in Texas City where that spill happened, business has come to a halt.

“We’re dependent on weather and the dike, if you cut either of those out, we just die,” said Victor Atkins.

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Along the dike Sunday, there were no fishermen, just cleanup crews in the distance. But traces of oil already made their way to Texas City’s shores.

“People come here to buy bait and to fish off that dike,” said business owner Denise Pickle.

The tackle shops were unusually quiet for a Sunday, except for the occasional phone call of customers wondering what was going on.

“It hurts, it really hurts,” said Pickle.

The pain trickles down to those that fry up the day’s catch.

“We’d normally be at 800 or 900 dollars,” said Atkins. “I think we’re at 80. So it’s definitely killed us.”

Meanwhile on Galveston Island, the ferries aren’t sailing to Bolivar.

“It’s pretty frustrating right now,” said one cruiser.

The cruise terminal also impacted. Families that were ready to set sail forced to wait for ships stopped at sea. At sea, things were no better. Passengers on the Navigator of the Seas snapped photos of ships in line at a standstill.

 

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