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Apr 1, 2014 1:17 PM

Oil Spill: No Beach Traffic on Padre Island National Seashore

CORPUS CHRISTI - The beaches of the Padre Island National Seashore are temporarily closed to cars as crews work to clean up all of the oil washing ashore.

The park remains open, but the National Park Service is concerned visitors will only help spread oil across the beaches. Visitors can still have unrestricted access to the Bird Island Basin boat ramp, park campgrounds and the Malaquite Vistors Center.

Rangers advise against hiking and swimming at the park until the cleanup is finished. Ignoring their advice could mean a longer cleanup period due to oil penetrating deeper into the sand.

State officials have not determined the oil and tar balls washing up on area beaches, affecting local wildlife, is 100% connected to last week's spill of more than 160,000 gallons of oil in a ship collision. The oil from that spill was reported be be impacting areas from Galveston Bay to Matagorda Bay.

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