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Oil Spill hits local fishermen hard
BOLIVAR PENINSULA-By: Leslie Rangel
A barge carrying almost a million gallons of heavy oil collided with a ship Saturday in the Houston ship channel near Texas City.
The Coast Guard says more than 900,000 gallons of oil have been removed from the crippled barge.
No oil has been spotted on the beaches at Bolivar Peninsula yet, but we spoke with local fishermen who say there's already a fishing ban in effect that is impacting their way of life.
It's another day gone at Captain Jack's Bait Shop on the Bolivar Peninsula.
But, it's tomorrow that Thomas Smith is fearful of after more thousands of gallons of oil spilled into the ocean Saturday.
"Only God knows, now I have to get the rest of these tanks clean," Smith says.
He'll go on about his schedule, as much as he can.
But a new fishing ban is already shifting things around.
"The little fishes here is what's going to hurt us," Smith said.
They can't get fish form the Gulf for fear of contamination.
"I ain't going to have no bait, they'll be no bait," Smith says referring to the fishermen.
Inside his shop, he's already feeling the effects as he counts his last few pennies.
"We got hurt today, I didn't even come no where near to what we would usually get on a Sunday," Smith said.
Last Sunday he counted $400 dollars, today it was much much less.
"That 60 dollars is going to hurt tomorrow," Smith says.
A pain to his register that goes beyond what's in it today.
"This is supposed to go on for what, 4 or 5 days so you're looking at a big chunk of change," Smith says.
But Thomas Smith isn't backing down, he'll never stop doing what he loves.
"If we lose the battle oh well, we'll pick up a battle somewhere else, I'm not giving up," Smith says.
Officials are estimating it could take about a week to clean up the spill.
As of Sunday, the ship channel is closed between Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula, blocking more than 60 vessels.