With tar balls washing up in Galveston Texas, the gulf oil spill now directly effects all five of the gulf states. Texas now joins the other Gulf states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida impacted by the oil that continues to gush from BP’s broken underwater well. Some 492 miles of U.S. shoreline across the five Gulf states have been touched by the disaster. Oil cleanup efforts have been hampered this week by rough seas and high winds, the effects brought about from the first hurricane in the gulf. The Deepwater site was spared a direct hit by hurricane Alex but it demonstrated the precarious clean up operation going into the hurricane season. Officials hope that a giant Taiwanese ship, described as the world’s largest oil skimming vessel, soon will be in operation to bolster those efforts.