The state of Texas has begun to see the effects of the Gulf oil spill as buckets of tar balls washed ashore on several beaches, an official reported Monday.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, about five gallons of tar balls were discovered Saturday on the Bolivar Peninsula, northeast of Galveston. Another two gallons of the gooey substance were found Sunday on the peninsula and on a Galveston Island beach.
"We've said since day one that if and when we have an impact from Deepwater Horizon, it would be in the form of tar balls," Patterson said in a news release.
"This shows that our modeling is accurate," he added. "Any Texas shores impacted by the Deepwater spill will be cleaned up quickly and BP will be picking up the tab."
The spill is also reaching deeper into Louisiana, with a string of oil having been found in the lake north of New Orleans.
"So far it's scattered stuff showing up, mostly tar balls," Louisiana Office of Fisheries Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina said. "It will pull out with the tide, and then show back up."
"Didn't realize it was going to be this close. It's here," La. fisherman Mike Maggio said. "Heartbreaking. Heartbreaking."
A string of small storms has kept a fleet of oil skimmers from cleaning the worst-hit areas of the Gulf Coast. Choppy waters have also halted cleanup operations off the coasts of Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi.
Meanwhile, the world's largest skimmer has arrived and is ready to start clean up operations in the Gulf.
The Taiwanese supertanker named 'Whale' has completed two days of tests and is expected begin cleaning the water near the gushing oil well this week.
The cost of the oil leak disaster is sky-rocketing for British Petroleum. BP is reportedly looking at Middle East investors to help with mounting expenses.