Barges and oil tanker collide in Houston Ship Channel

Barges and oil tanker collide in Houston Ship Channel”

The Houston Chronicle reports the closure halted 29 inbound ships and 17 outbound.

"We are continuing to work with the Coast Guard and the other federal regulators to understand the cause of the incident and will be working to recover any of the spilled product and mitigate the impact on the environment", Guidry said.

The crash involved a 755-foot tanker and a tug, which was carrying two barges.

An estimated 25,000 barrels of gasoline blend stock were loaded on each barge, a Coast Guard statement said. While the capsized barge appears to have not lost any cargo, the other was holed in both its No. 2 tanks, said James Guidry, Kirby's executive vice president of vessel operations, at a Saturday morning press briefing at the San Jacinto College Maritime Campus.

"We know the air is coming this way". Reformate is a refined product that is added to gasoline to boost its octane levels.

It is an extremely flammable liquid and vapor and can be fatal if it is swallowed.

One among the barges capsized, while the replacement used to be severely damaged, constant with the Lope Guard. "One of our barges has lost approximately 9,000 barrels of the blendstock reformate".

"It be a light chemical and it floats on the water, which permits it to evaporate", Galveston Bay Foundation CEO Bob Stokes knowledgeable KTRK.

The cause of the collision is being investigated.

The Galveston County Health District said its main priority is the health and safety of the community.

Residents in cities near the accident site have reported a strong gasoline smell.

Residents may notice a "gasoline" smell in the air.

After monitoring the air quality in the area, League City has determined that there are no harmful chemicals in the air.

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