All Five Gulf States Affected by Oil Spill as Tar Balls Reach Texas Beaches

Oil from the BP spill has now reached the shores of every Gulf state.

Tar balls from the spill were found over the weekend on a Texas beach 400 miles from the Gulf gusher, AP reports. Authorities—who rapidly dispatched cleanup crews and sent BP the bill—believe the tar balls may have dropped off a passing ship instead of drifting all the way from the Deepwater Horizon.

Reporting from Atlanta and Venice, La. — Oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill was reported for the first time on the beaches of Texas as high seas and stormy weather on Monday plagued new cleanup plans in the Gulf of Mexico, including the test deployment of a 1,100-foot "super skimmer" ship.