THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS
Ken Paxton

Monday, March 24, 2014

Attorney General Abbott Moves State Resources to the Galveston Bay Oil Spill

GALVESTON – The Texas Attorney General’s Office has dispatched investigators and staff from its Environmental Protection Division to the Galveston Bay oil spill site.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott provided the following regarding the response and resources to the spill:

“Galveston Bay, Galveston Island and the surrounding coast area are Texas treasures. The damage inflicted by this spill is a blow to small businesses, fishing, recreation, and the overall economy – but its ripple effects will be felt much wider. While emergency workers race to get the spill contained and cleaned, the attorney general’s office will assist with the coordinated state response and has opened a civil investigation into this disaster.

“The Office of the Attorney General is on the ground to help determine the loss to local businesses as a result of the spill and – at the appropriate time – will do all we can to recoup losses to local businesses.

“Galveston has a long history of showing great resilience in the face of great disaster. As a state, we will do all we can to bolster that strength. As Texans, we know what it means to come to the aid of a neighbor. We all must work together to make sure we are protecting the vital resources and businesses that provide the backbone of our strong economic engine.”