This Week In Texas History

 


November 2014 - Week 1                                                   AUDIO VERSION

                                                                                                                

TITLE: CRUDE COLLISION

NOVEMBER 1979 AND CATASTROPHE STRIKES THE GULF.


THIS WEEK IN TEXAS HISTORY, BROUGHT TO YOU BY KLUP, ALAMO CITY
REPUBLICAN WOMEN, AND THE SAVE TEXAS HISTORY PROGRAM OF THE GENERAL
LAND OFFICE.


NOVEMBER 1, 1979. NEAR GALVESTON BAY. CARRYING 16 MILLION GALLONS OF
CRUDE OIL, THE SUPERTANKER BURMAH AGATE IS HEADING INTO PORT.


AT ABOUT 5 AM, A CARGO SHIP HITS THE TANKER AND THE SHIPS EXPLODE,
KILLING 31 CREW AND SPEWING OIL INTO THE GULF. THE SHIPS BURN FOR TWO
MONTHS.


OVER 10 MILLION GALLONS OF OIL ARE RELEASED INTO TEXAS WATERS, WASHING
UP ON AREA BEACHES FOR WEEKS. IT’S ONE OF THE WORST OIL SPILLS IN TEXAS
HISTORY.


IN 1991 THE TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE OIL SPILL PROGRAM WAS CREATED TO
PREVENT AND RESPOND TO SPILLS IN THE GULF.


THE BURMAH AGATE TURNED THE GULF BLACK 35 YEARS AGO, THIS WEEK IN
TEXAS HISTORY.


LEARN MORE AT SAVETEXASHISTORY.ORG OR CALL 800-998-4GLO.

SAVETEXASHISTORY.ORG OR CALL 800-998-4GLO.

James W. Daddysman, "ZAPATA, OCTAVIANO," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fza12), accessed August 21, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

Contreras, Hernán. "Origins of Boss Rule in Starr County." M.A. thesis, University of Houston, 2008.

(http://los-tejanos.com/writings/research/Origins_of_boss_rule1b.pdf), accessed August 21, 2014.