Coast Guard working to clean up Galveston oil spill

By WTAJ News

Published 03/24 2014 04:08PM

Updated 03/24 2014 04:13PM

GALVESTON, TEXAS – The Coast Guard says it is making progress in cleaning up an oil spill which spilled around 168,000 gallons into one of the world’s busiest shipping channels.

Coast Guard officials say a boat and barge collided in the Houston Ship Channel Saturday, rupturing one of the barge’s storage tanks.

Crews drained all the remaining oil from the damaged barge and set up a containment boom along the environmentally sensitive shoreline, which contains a bird habitat.

“It is an extremely serious spill, it has already taken a considerable amount of effort, it will continue to take time and effort to clean up.” said U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Brian Penoyer.

The cause of the collision is under investigation. Heavy fog at the time could have been a factor.

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