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Mar 30, 2014 11:46 PM

Oil Washes Up North Padre Island Seashore

CORPUS CHRISTI - In just one night, oil washed up on parts of the shore of North Padre Island.

So when Priscilla Barba and her little girls arrived Sunday afternoon for a beach day, they found their feet covered in oil.

"They were freaking out so bad," Priscilla Barba, a Padre Island visitor says.

But that was not the worst thing the family was going to witness.

A few minutes later, a sea turtle appeared, with it's head covered in oil and not moving.

The General Land Office says oil can be found from the National Seashore all the way up to the Port Aransas jetties.

Close to the National Seashore, there is not as much oil spotted.

But as you got closer to Port Aransas near mile marker 40 and 57, it increases.

The General Land Office says they have not received test results yet to see if the oil is related to the oil spill near Galveston.

But they are assuming it is, and Kirby Marine, the company that owns the barge involved in the crash a week ago, is paying for all the cleanup.

Although the company is footing the bill of the cleanup, our seashore is left sticky.

Leaving some visitors with a clean-up bill of their own.

Frank Ramirez says he now has to get his carpets in his brand new car cleaned and take his dirty dog to the groomers.

"We were just coming out to chill on the beach for a little while, now it is going to cost me a lot of money to get everything to the way it was before we got out here," Ramirez says.


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