Oil spill cleanup underway on Ship Channel

September 28, 2009 11:17:24 AM PDT
Crews worked to clean an oil spill in a secluded northern part of the Houston Ship Channel after a collision between two vessels. A 3-mile stretch of the ship channel closed for the weekend due to the oil spill has now reopened.

About 10,500 gallons spilled late Friday after the 458-foot tank vessel Chemical Supplier was struck by a barge close to Brady's Island near the Interstate 610 bridge. The motor vessel received a 2-foot by 4-foot gash in one of its fuel tanks. No injuries were reported.

The Coast Guard spokesman said about 4,200 gallons had been removed so far by Monday. Containment booms have been placed in the water and the Coast Guard says the oil is completely contained.

Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Mark Mackowiak says the spill had "very minimal impact to the overall port operations."

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