A bucket of tar balls washed up onto a Texas beach today, meaning that crude has now hit the beaches of every state sitting on the Gulf of Mexico. Texas' Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said that the tar balls would be cleaned up quickly and that BP would pay for the cleanup.
"It was just a matter of time that some of the oil would find its way to Texas," University of Miami Marine Physicist Hans Graber told The Associated Press.
BP is poised to send an oil skimming tanker out onto the Gulf. The boat, A Whale, would pull millions of gallons of oil a day out of the Gulf, remove crude and return clean water to the Gulf. Rough waters and winds, however, have kept A Whale from getting underway.