The U.S. Coast Guard and NTSB are opening hearings into the collision of a barge and a freighter that spilled nearly 170,000 gallons of fuel oil into the Houston Ship Channel.
It’s been two days since a collision in the Houston Ship Channel dumped as many as 170,000 gallons of oil from a barge into the water along the Gulf Coast. Monday workers in bright yellow suits picked quarter-sized “tar balls” out of the sand along Galveston Bay.
The Coast Guard aimed to reopen one of the nation’s busiest seaports Monday, two days after a collision between a barge and a ship caused nearly 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil to spill into the waters south of Houston.
No timetable has been set to reopen a major shipping channel after nearly 170,000 gallons of oil spilled into the waterway, but more help was being called in to contain the spill.
Exactly 66 years ago this week, what remains the nation’s worst industrial disaster occurred near Houston, when a series of explosions rocked a huge petrochemical complex.