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Oil Slick Is Still on the Move

Although commerce is pretty much back to normal with limited use of the Houston Ship Channel for fishing and recreation, the U.S. Coast Guard reports that the oil slick that was cramping Galveston Bay's style isn't gone yet.

It's currently traveling south along the Texas coast. Right now, environmentalists are worried about the impact the slick will have when it washes up on the shores of Matagorda Bay.

"An area of floating oil approximately fifteen miles off Matagorda Island is expected to be pushing shoreward by the weather over the next 24 to 48 hours. Today's response actions are focused on placing protective boom along the sensitive areas along the coast of Matagorda Island, including Sundown Island," the coast guard reports.

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Although cleanup has been deemed successful at this point portions of Galveston Bay still have floating oil. A unified response team made up of the U.S Coast Guard, Texas General Land Office and Kirby Inland Marine, the company that ownes the shipt that spilled the oil are headed to Port O'Conner to deal with the oil spill.

A safety zone for recreational vessels and commercial fishermen is in place in the Texas City Channel, that includes the Galveston Bay entrance (Buoy 1C) to the Houston Ship Channel Buoy 44; the Galveston Channel entrance to Pelican Island Bridge; the Intracoastal Waterway buoy 13 to Intracoastal Waterway Buoy 20 (Galveston/Freeport Cutoff).

No more wildlife has been reported to be affected as the spill moves south, according to officials.

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