What if ...? Area tourism officials monitor spill
The oil isn't coming this way so far, but the Bay Area Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau knows what's at risk if it does.
Mindful of the popular water-related attractions in the area, the bureau is working with state officials to monitor the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, according to this article from the Friendswood Journal.
Although it is likely that Texas will experience some impact from the spill, we are encouraged by ongoing reports that our beaches currently remain clear," said Pam Summers, the bureau's president.
The federal Food and Drug Administration and the Texas Department of State Health Services are monitoring seafood from the Gulf and have affirmed the health and safety of Texas seafood and shrimp. Advisories will be posted on the DSHS website at www.dshs.state.tx.us/seafood.
The Texas General Land Office reports that any spill impact in Texas will likely be in the form of weathered tar balls that would pass under any booms set up to protect beaches and coastal habitats.
Plans are under way to deploy strings of snares off the coast to detect tar balls, and GLO contractors are watching the upper Texas coast shorelines.
The city of La Porte is touting Sylvan Beach Park as a beach destination unaffected by the oil spill.
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