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Oil Spill

Upcoming Derelict Vessel Turn In (VTIP) Events

Free Opportunities to Dispose of Unwanted, Inoperable Vessels

A free vessel turn in event, sponsored by Galveston County, the Texas General Land Office and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, is available to Galveston County residents to relinquish unwanted boats and vessels.


 Vessels must be less than 26 feet in length
 No trailers accepted
 Boats must be cleared of trash and debris
 Residents must bring their approved boats to the turn in site. Transportation is NOT provided.
 Owners must obtain pre-approval by JANUARY 12, 2024. Only pre-approved vessels will be accepted

Reservations are being accepted NOW.
To reserve your spot, call 409-766-4516 or 409-766-4512.

Sponsors: Galveston County, the Texas General Land Office and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

As millions of barrels of oil pass through ports, bays and beaches along the Texas Gulf, the Texas General Land Office Oil Spill Prevention and Response team stands on call 24/7, ensuring oil stays out of Texas coastal waters. 

To Report a Spill - 800-832-8224 // Overseas - 813-248-0586

Working with the petroleum and commercial fishing industries, the U.S. Coast Guard and the general public, Oil Spill Prevention and Response staff support educational opportunities, daily water and shore patrols and firehouse-ready response teams to prevent and immediately address environmental problems – because even the smallest spill can endanger Texas’ precious natural resources.


Both inland and coastal, the General Land Office Oil Spill division promotes boater education efforts and safe fueling practices to keep Gulf waters clean. GLO staff is available to share information about programs such as Scupper Plug and to show even small, chronic spills can be as harmful as a single, large one.


GLO personnel partner with ports, industrial plants, petroleum refineries and commercial fishermen to stop spills before they happen.  Oil spill teams work daily with deep draft cargo vessels, pipeline and shore-based oil handling facilities to conduct audits and inspections and ensure all have plans for safe transfer of oil and spill responses. The GLO also drives efforts to remove derelict vessels and structures and eliminate these potential pollution causes.


When disaster strikes, GLO response teams go into action, working to contain spills and protect coastal resources. With a large array of pre-staged equipment, as well as certified cleanup contractors, GLO responders are immediately on site to assist with cleanup efforts and mitigate impact. The Texas Oil Spill Planning and Response TOOLKIT is the most comprehensive oil spill preparedness and response tool available, providing ready access to contingency plans and environmental data, including TABS, the GLO real-time offshore spill tracking system that provides instant data to monitor spills and establish trajectories.