July 5th, 2010
04:28 PM ET

Authorities: Tar balls near Galveston linked to Gulf spill

Texas authorities have traced a small number of tar balls that reached the shore near Galveston to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a state government spokesman said Monday.

Also Monday, a foundation that monitors Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain said tar balls believed to be from the undersea gusher in the Gulf have reached the shores of that lake.

Researchers have estimated that between 35,000 and 60,000 barrels (1.5 million to 2.5 million gallons) of oil have been gushing from a BP oil well into the Gulf daily since April 20, when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank off the coast of Louisiana.

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  1. tx_republican243

    I despise the obama administration but as far as this oil spill....there's is nobody to blame but BP. I've actually been closely monitoring the job the govt has been doing and to be honest....it isn't that bad.

    This catastrophe will be felt by the US for many years to come and BP should be held accountable for every single job that is lost, every single animal that is killed and especially every single drop of oil!

    July 5, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. trixen

    Thanks again BP.

    July 5, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. james gordon

    I am not sure what the answer is,Do we let companies do what ever they want to , And then blame our politicians for not cleaning up the mess? Or do we allow the government to tell these companies what they can and cannot do ?

    July 5, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ashley

    the problem with the government telling companies everything to do is we as workers would eventually get annoyed for them butting in more often then what we feel is "neccessary". everyone can want Obama to tell BP what to do, but what about when those rig workers get back to work? they'll get pay cuts just so the companies can keep up with what they are told to do & those employees have to worry about their families.

    same would go to anyone working for big/box companies, construction, food service, etc would all have new standards controlled by the government & complain. but when something happens that effects the environment-like an oil spill-then the government should make BP pay & hold them responsible. which is what is being done; but we as citizens can help out with donations, clean-up & whatever else we can do.

    July 5, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. More-Info

    Most scientists are not talking. Press is essentially blacked out, but one scientist spoke up about Corexit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FxfYqnlQ50&feature=player_embedded

    July 5, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Smith in Oregon

    Every night, CNN's Anderson Cooper has a duo of angry Parish Presidents expressing their anger about the ongoing Oil recovery and clean-up efforts. Unfortunately this totally one sided view is entirely lacking in actually informing the CNN viewers on the background of decades of Louisiana's favoritism to Oil and Gas drilling has been to destroying those marshes.

    What the angry Louisiana Parish Swamp Presidents are not telling the American public is that since Oil and Gas companys began dredging the marshes for Oil and Gas wells decades ago, Louisiana has lost 2,000 miles of wetlands and marshes.

    Where were those Parish protectors all those years as big Oil destroyed 2,000 Miles of marshes? This year in March 2010 before the Louisiana BP Oil gushing disaster, President Obama began the First comprehensive Louisiana wetlands plan to help repair thousands of miles of Louisiana marshes that already were destroyed before the Louisiana Oil gusher even began. President Obama is the first President to directly address the disappearing marshes in Louisiana due to the dredging for Oil and Gas wells and yet those Parish Presidents now appear to be slapping Obama in the face for his efforts?

    It is a complete lapse for CNN's Anderson Cooper to not inform its viewers that extensive wide-scale damage to Louisiana's Marshes have occured directly by the Oil and Gas exploration in Louisiana long before the latest Louisiana BP Oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico. Where were these angry Parish Presidents during all the past decades as 2,000 Miles of these same marshes disappeared?

    July 6, 2010 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. Reuben Powell

    oil spills should be controlled as soon as possible to prevent environmental damage."-

    October 5, 2010 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mixer Shower 

    oil spills can really damage the environment so bad that it would take years to repair the damage-`-

    October 20, 2010 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |