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Congressman Blake Farenthold Tours South Texas Coast Impacted by Oil Spill

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

Congressman Blake Farenthold was in Port O'Connor today getting a brief on the clean up efforts from the oil spill that happened near Texas City two weeks ago.  The oil made its way into the Gulf of Mexico and began showing up on local beaches last weekend. 

Since then, the cleanup has focused on Matagorda Island, Mustang Island, and Padre Island.  To date, a total of more than 200-thousand pounds of oiled sand and seaweed have now been collected along the impacted shoreline. 

According to officials in charge of the cleanup more than 102-thousand pounds of it came from Mustang Island.

Farenthold said, "The U.S. Coast Guard is doing a fantastic job leading a response team made up of agencies like the Texas Land Office and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, local barge owners, and responders at the local, state and federal level, who are all cooperating and working together on the cleanup effort. I'm very impressed with the great group of people assembled locally, state and nationwide who are working hard to protect our wildlife and beaches.

 The Coast Guard has assured me that, weather permitting, the situation will be successfully mitigated in a matter of weeks. My office will be continuing to monitor the cleanup, and I look forward to seeing the progress. I'm confident this will be a great recovery effort."

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