Texas GLO targets derelict boats on coast

The eyes of Texas are upon… yachts?

A recent statement from  the  Texas General Land Office ’s oil spill team said officials have started “significant efforts to remove derelict vessels along our state’s coast.”

Derelict vessels of all sizes are subject to the program.

Passed by the 86th Legislature in 2019, Senate Bill 500 allocated $2 million to the GLO Oil Spill Prevention and Response Program to remove vessels in counties receiving a Disaster Declaration as a result of Hurricane Harvey.

The appropriation is the first funding specifically allocated to the oil spill program for derelict vessel removal.

“The Texas General Land Office is committed to preserving our state’s coast and environment for generations to come,”  Commissioner George P. Bush said . “With the funding received through Senate Bill 500, our oil spill division can continue to fulfill our commitment to protecting our coastal communities. I look forward to seeing vessels removed and threats diminished as we continue this project.”

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