Vessel Turn-In Program to make waves in Brazoria County
Joint program provides alternative for owners of inoperable and derelict vessels
AUSTIN — AUSTIN - The Texas General Land Office (GLO) are partnering with Brazoria County officials, the Brazoria County Fire Fighters Association (BCFFA) and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) to offer local coastal Texans the opportunity to remove inoperable and derelict vessels through the Vessel Turn-In Program (VTIP) free of charge. Designed to provide owners with a voluntary method of disposal, interested boat owners are encouraged to participate if the vessel is less than 26 feet long, with longer boats being accepted on a case by case basis. The vessel must be delivered to one of two drop off points Jan. 30 through Feb. 2, 2017, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
"Abandoned and derelict vessels have long plagued the Texas coast, threatening public safety, navigation and our environment," said Land Commissioner George P. Bush. "Removing abandoned or sunken vessels can be hazardous and expensive for the State of Texas. The Vessel Turn-In Program provides local boat owners a voluntary method to dispose of their run-down vessels in a safe, environmentally-conscious manner and saves tax dollars on a net basis."
Brazoria County Precinct 2
Commissioner Ryan Cade
21017 CR 171
Angleton, Texas 77515
Brazoria County Precinct 3
Commissioner Stacy Adams
2508 North Gordon Street
Alvin, Texas 77511
The Texas GLO and TPWD will verify the vessel (boat) qualifies for disposal. BCFFA will sponsor the removal of all hazardous materials (fuel, oil, and batteries), while Brazoria County will transport vessel to landfill for disposal. Boat must be clear of waste and debris. Potential participants may contact the GLO with questions at (281) 470-6597 or the Brazoria County Precincts 2 & 3 at the numbers listed above.
Thus far the GLO has conducted five VTIP collections in Galveston, Brazoria and Matagorda counties, resulting in the processing of 177 vessels for disposal and a savings of more than $600,200.
Working with petroleum and commercial fishing industries, 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. Abandoned vessels can leak fluids into coastal waters that can be harmful for the wetland environment, wildlife and humans.
Background - Texas GLO's Oil Spill Prevention and Response
The oldest state agency in Texas, the GLO was formed to determine who owned what and where after the Texians and Tejanos won independence. Today the General Land Office manages state lands, operates the Alamo, helps Texans recovering from natural disasters, helps fund Texas public education through the Permanent School Fund, provides benefits to Texas Veterans, and manages the vast Texas coast. With hundreds of millions of barrels of crude oil and petroleum products passing through ports, bays and beaches along the Texas Gulf annually, the Texas General Land Office Oil Spill Prevention and Response team is on call 24/7, ensuring oil stays out of Texas coastal waters.
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