The gulf coast has experienced another oil spill. This time, it happened in Galveston Bay in Texas, and many people are going to need to hire an industrial accident lawyer because of it. If this is happening to you, now is the time to hire an industrial accident attorney for monetary compensation for property damages or the economic impact to your business. The Galveston Bay Oil Spill On Saturday March 22nd, Galveston Bay suffered a grave industrial accident. An oil barge collided with a 585-foot bulk carrier in Galveston Bay that started an oil spill that is still affecting the area. Although the barge contained nearly 1 million gallons of oil, only one tank contributed to the spill. Workers removed the barge, so it no longer has the capacity to continue spewing oil into the bay, but strong winds and rough seas are making it difficult for workers to continue cleaning up the mess. The Expected Long-Term Impact Although a smaller amount of oil was spilled into the bay than has occurred with previous oil spills, officials are concerned about the long-term impact that this current spill will have on the area and the economy. The reason is because Saturday's oil spill happened in open water. Officials estimated that about 150,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Houston Ship Channel, and it is causing devastating results for the people that surround Galveston Bay. A large number of chemicals and petroleum products are shipped through this very important waterway, but this activity has ceased since the oil spill occurred. This location also has several ports from which cruise ships depart, but this has come to a temporary halt as well. How the Fishing Season Is Being Affected To make matters worse, the fishing season is at its peak at this very moment for both commercial as well as recreational fishing. Needless to say, no one is being allowed to enter the bay for the purpose of fishing. This is an economic problem because fishing is a multi-billion dollar industry for the people of Galveston and the surrounding area. How Birds Are Affected Birds are about to begin their yearly migration to the north, but the oil spill places them in extreme danger. Galveston Bay also has many marsh areas that are used by migratory birds and there are shorebirds that call this area home. When these birds dive for fish, they could become covered with oil. According to Tom Harvey spokesman for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, this has already occurred. The Effect on Spring Break One Galveston business owner expects to lose thousands of dollars a day because of the spill. Scott Hickman charters boats in Galveston Bay, and he stated that people can see the oil from the beach. They can also smell it. This means that students who were planning to come to Galveston for spring break will not do so because workers are continuing to try to contain the spill. Only time will tell if the economic impact is short or long term. The Unfortunate Reality of RMG 380 Workers are finding it difficult to contain the spill because the oil is particularly insidious. Known as "RMG 380," this marine fuel oil is extremely heavy and sticky. A gasoline spill would have remained on the surface and evaporated. In contrast, a majority of the RMG 380 that spilled will sink to the bottom. This means that the oil spill could adversely affect the local environment and economy for a long, long time.