When it rains it pours they say. On October 19th a barge filled with crude oil had an explosion three miles off the Port Aransas coast. The picture above was taken by the Coast Guard. Before the fire and resultant leakage of oil were contained approximately 2000 barrels out of the 133,000 barrels on board leaked into the gulf. So three weeks after Hhurricane Harvey we also were challenged with oil on the beach. Sadly two of the eight crew members went missing, and only one body has been found. I did not report this sooner as there were other positive things to see in Port Aransas. My reason for publishing it now is the Texas Land and Cattle company responded quickly and got most of the oil picked up in a matter of days, so it ended quite well. Few sea creatures and birds were affected as well.
Here is a long-range shot of clean up crews working the beach.
It is interesting the way they draw circles around the oil and then shovel and rake it up.
The oil goes into plastic bags, This crew is working South.
A view to the North shows another crew working their way South as well.
A crew member picking up bags.
A view to the South again. The oil rides on the tide, and you can see in this shot the tide is high, so the oil is high on the beach.
This photo was taken yesterday, and you can see quarter-sized chunks of oil now solidified into tar.