Despite Galveston Spill, Gulf Beaches Getting Cleaner

Garry Mauro had just stepped out of the shower on Easter Sunday in 1989 when he saw a breaking newscast with images of blackened beaches and wildlife interrupting his young son’s cartoons.   

The former Texas land commissioner, in an interview, recalled his reaction to the Exxon Valdez, which spewed more than 10 million gallons of crude oil into Alaska’s Prince William Sound after the California-bound ship ran aground.

“What if that happened in Texas?” he said he thought.

With resources available at the time, Mauro figured it would take decades for the state's coastline to fully recover ...

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