GALVESTON, Tex. — Oil from a 120,000-gallon spill soiled an island in environmentally sensitive Galveston Bay Monday, despite efforts to contain and clean up crude leaking from two barges that collided with a tanker.
Coast Guard officials who flew over the spill estimated its size Monday at 120,000 gallons, more than double their earlier estimate of 50,000 gallons.
"There are three areas of oil that have moved (from the collision site)," said Coast Guard Petty Officer Dennis Schaefer.
One area extended about four miles eastward from the spill site with ribbons of oil sheen and heavy patches, he said. A second heavy patch about an acre in size was concentrated along Redfish Island, and the third patch stretched southwest of the accident site about a mile.
Skimmer boats were in place at all three sites to collect the oil. A vacuum barge also was at Redfish Island, roughly in the center of Galveston Bay, where oil already had stained beaches.