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Apr 2, 2014 9:59 AM

Padre Island National Seashore Remains Closed to Beach Traffic

PADRE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE - As clean-up crews scoop up tar balls and oil, the beach is closed to traffic along the Padre Island National Seashore.

There's no word on how long it will be closed...just like crews are uncertain how long the clean-up will last.

Traces of oil most likely linked to the spill near Galveston started washing up along our beaches over the weekend, according to Jay Veselka with the Texas General Land Office.

The oil is not only a nuisance for beach goers...who are finding thick tar on their shoes and feet...but it's also starting to have a major impact on wildlife. According to the latest press release, 198 dead birds have been found, 30 are in rehabilitation. As far as sea turtles, fish, and other wildlife those numbers have not been released.

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