A crash between an oil tanker and a tug boat resulted in a gas spilling into the Houston ship channel.
What We Know:
- The crash took place last Friday between a 755-foot oil tanker and a tug pushing two barges. The two barges were carrying chemicals that when combined create gasoline.
- When the boats collided, one barge capsized damaging the other causing the leak of what’s estimated to be 9,000 barrels of chemical spilled into the channel according to incident commander Jim Guidry.
- As of Sunday, officials stated that the channel opened back up for traffic after excessive cleanup efforts. Although there have been no injuries reported, officials advised residents to turn off their air conditioning to limit the smell. Mainly residents have been complaining of a strong gas smell but no other damages.
- Local Health Authority Dr. Phillip Keiser said, “Air monitoring reports for Galveston County show no toxic levels at this time.”
- Officials are still checking with residents to ensure their safety and health as next to cleaning the channel that is their main concern. Extended exposure to gasoline can cause coughing, difficulty breathing, headaches, nausea, dizziness, burning, irritation and redness. Animals may have similar symptoms and officials have recommended residents contact their healthcare providers if they experience any of the symptoms.
Clean up efforts continue as this story is still developing, but the Galveston County Health District set up a hotline for health related questions. If you have any concerns or questions call 409-938-7221.