Oil Spill Results In Upgrade Of Parks For Gulf Coast City

December 2011, Vol. 238 No. 12

Oil boom. Photo: Duncan Davidson.

Port Arthur, TX parks will soon get upgrades as part of a settlement the General Land Office has reached over the Eagle Otomes spill, which put nearly 397,000 gallons of crude into the Port Arthur Ship Channel.

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said American Eagle Tankers has agreed to pay more than $313,000 to improve Walter Umphrey Park, as well as the historic Sabine Pass Battleground State Historic Site.

On Jan. 23, 2010 the Eagle Otome collided with a barge, ripping a hole in its hull and causing an oil spill. Immediate response from the General Land Office’s Oil Spill Prevention and Response Team, the U.S. Coast Guard and area first-responders contained the spill in the ship channel, protecting Keith Lake in the J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area, one of the most pristine estuarine reserves in the state.