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Energy & Environment

How Much Oil Has Spilled Into Ship Channel Since Saturday?

After Saturday’s barge collision, the oil spill threatens wildlife.

A barge loaded with marine fuel oil sits partially submerged in the Houston Ship Channel, March 22, 2014. The bulk carrier Summer Wind, reported a collision between the Summer Wind and a barge, containing 924,000 gallons of fuel oil, towed by the motor vessel Miss Susan. Caption and image provided by U.S. Coast Guard

Coast Guard officials are conducting a massive containment operation after a collision of a container ship and barge leaked fuel into Galveston Bay Saturday afternoon.

Lt. Sam Danus, of the Coast Guard’s Joint Information Center, says, “The major concern is getting a good operational picture as far as where all the oil is, whether it’s shore or in the waterway and the shoreside assessment teams are going out — doing patrols, reporting back to the incident command post as far as locations of oil.”

Danus says more than 69,000 feet of containment boom has been deployed with an additional 141,000 feet of boom being staged for possible deployment. A number of impacted birds were sighted and recovered for transfer to a wildlife rehabilitation facility.

Danus says, “Six impacted wildlife total: three birds have been captured. They were found oiled and were taken to the rehabilitation center and they’re currently being cleaned and cared for as we speak — and there were also three oiled birds that were found dead.”

Environmental groups say the spill occurred at a sensitive time. The channel has important shorebird habitat on both sides and tens of thousands of wintering birds are in the area.

No timetable has been set to reopen the Houston Ship Channel after nearly 170,000 gallons of oil spilled in the waterway Saturday afternoon.

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