Last weekend's oil spill has now reached the shores of Matagorda Island. Beginning Friday, 150 volunteers will search 26 miles of shoreline for oiled beaches, birds, wildlife and other impacts.
“The oil is coming ashore in a band about 12 miles long, which is about 100 yards in width along the beach,” says Jerry Gallion at the Joint Information Center in Port O'Connor.
The good news is efforts to protect wildlife in the bay are working.
“It appears the booming strategies that were employed protected the sensitive areas and ingress into Matagorda Bay, so the oil remains outside on the beach,” Gallion tells KTRH News.
Lea Cast with the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau describes a much different scene there.
“People are out running and hanging out on the beaches, we're looking forward to a good weekend and good weather,” Cast says.
That's not to say the cleanup work won't continue.
“Seawolf Park over on Pelican Island is still closed,” she says. “In terms of the beaches in the general area when you think of when you come to Galveston at a tourist, its high and clear right now.”