Target: Kirby Inland Marine Company
Goal: Demand cleanup of Galveston Bay oil spill
A barge carrying 924,000 gallons of oil collided on March 22nd, with a smaller ship in Galveston Bay, Texas. The barge was carrying especially thick, sticky oil that is extraordinarily difficult for emergency crews to clean and remove from the water. According to the coast guard, six crew members were injured in the crash, but remain in stable condition at area hospitals. Although the Kirby Inland Marine company, which owns the barge, has so far cooperated with local authorities in emergency rescue and the initial stages of clean up, it is vital that they commit to thoroughly cleaning up all spilled crude and restoring the health and safety of Galveston Bay.
Kirby Inland Marine operates the largest fleet of barges and towing vessels, with offices and boats in 12 states. As an oil industry power, it is crucial that Kirby Inland Marine Company set the standard in oil spill cleanup and environmental safety.
According to local officials, the recent spill represents a particular challenge to clean up, and is a threat to local wildlife. The Huffington Post reports that,
“Richard Gibbons, the conservation director of the Houston Audubon Society, said there is very important shorebird habitat on both sides of the Houston ship channel. Audubon has the internationally recognized Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary just to the east, which Gibbons said attracts 50,000 to 70,000 shorebirds to shallow mud flats that are perfect foraging habitat. He did not know how much oil had been spilled, but said authorities were aware of the sanctuaries and had practiced using containment booms in the past.’ The timing really couldn’t be much worse since we’re approaching the peak shorebird migration season,’ Gibbons said.”
Private rescue crews and organizations are already assisting the Coast Guard and General land Office, however, Kirby Inland Marine has a responsibility to clean up its own mess. Demand that they commit to assisting in all clean up efforts and restore the safety and health of Galveston Bay today.
Dear Kirby Inland Marine,
The recent oil spill in Galveston Bay was a regrettable and environmentally damaging accident. Oil spills threaten wildlife, water purity, and the safety of other ships and vessels.
I am urging you today to cooperate fully with local authorities and assist with all cleanup efforts. Please restore the health and safety of Galveston Bay.
[Your Name Here]
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