AG Abbott sends investigators, environment protection staff to Galveston

A barge loaded with marine fuel oil sits partially submerged in the Houston Ship Channel, March 22, 2014. The bulk carrier Summer Wind, reported a collision between the Summer Wind and the barge, containing 924,000 gallons of fuel oil. The barge collided with a ship in Galveston Bay on Saturday, leaking an unknown amount of the fuel into the popular bird habitat as the peak of the migratory shorebird season was approaching. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, PO3 Manda Emery)
A barge loaded with marine fuel oil sits partially submerged in the Houston Ship Channel, March 22, 2014. The bulk carrier Summer Wind, reported a collision between the Summer Wind and the barge, containing 924,000 gallons of fuel oil. The barge collided with a ship in Galveston Bay on Saturday, leaking an unknown amount of the fuel into the popular bird habitat as the peak of the migratory shorebird season was approaching. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, PO3 Manda Emery)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Attorney General’s Office sent investigators and staff from its Environmental Protection Division to the Galveston Bay oil spill site on Monday.

The oil spilled into the Houston Ship Channel after a collision between two vessels on Saturday.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott released the following statement in a press release:

“The damage inflicted by this spill is a blow to small businesses, fishing, recreation, and the overall economy – but its ripple effects will be felt much wider. While emergency workers race to get the spill contained and cleaned, the attorney general’s office will assist with the coordinated state response and has opened a civil investigation into this disaster.”

He added that his office staff will also determine the loss to local businesses as a result of the oil spill and would help recoup losses.

On Sunday, Gov. Rick Perry directed all necessary state resources to assist with the oil cleanup. The Texas Division of Emergency Management is ensuring the coordination of the multiple state resources responding to this incident.

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