America’s worst ever oil spill continues to spread as the first tar balls are found washed up on a Texas beach.
It means the southern US state looks like joining Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida in having its coastline soiled.
But over the weekend as US holiday makers largely avoided the known beaches tarred by the oil, the Mayor of Galveston was being more stoical.
“Clearly I’m alarmed at the revelation that some tar balls have been positively identifies as from Deepwater Horizon, not a good thing. But I keep in mind two things. One, it’s a very small amount of oil so that’s inconsistent with the thought that our time has come and the oil has finally hit our shores,” said Mayor, Joe Jaworski.
While some of the oil gushing from the ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico is being captured through a pipe, BP says its drilling of two relief wells is on course.
Meanwhile current clean-up hopes are focusing on a new super tanker dubbed “a whale” which has been adapted to skim large quantities of oily water from the surface.
But so far tests have been inconclusive because of high seas.