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Padre Island National Seashore Partially Reopens For Driving; All
Beaches Will Open To Driving by 8:00 a.m. Saturday, April 5
(Corpus Christi, Texas)- Progress continues with the oil clean-up at the national seashore. The hard work of clean-up crews will allow park beaches to reopen for the weekend. The short stretch of beach known as North Beach has already reopened to driving. The South Beach area is taking longer to clean since heavier oil saturation levels further north in the park were addressed first.
Workers have now cleaned over five and a half miles of beach. Park staff continue to monitor the migrating and resident bird species to watch for sickened or dead birds. Visitors that find oiled birds or animals are asked not to handle them but to instead note the location and report them to park rangers, or call the Wildlife Hotline at 888-384-2000.
While crews have done their very best to remove the oil from the beach, note that there are still small amounts of oil present on sand and other debris. Anyone visiting the park should consider bringing a small bottle of baby oil and some disposable rags or paper towels to clean oil off of shoes and skin. Do not use gas, paint remover, or other such products as they are more dangerous than the oil.
Park Superintendent Mark Spier would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during the past five days while the beach was closed. Spier said “Our goals throughout the entire event have been to ensure visitors have a safe and healthy place to recreate and to provide wildlife with a clean environment in which to live. We appreciate the outstanding effort of the many partner agencies that helped with the extensive effort to clean the Texas coast.”