Cleaning Up TX Waterway Diesel Spill

Friday, October 14, 2016 @ 01:10 PM gHale

There was a spill of 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel near Port Isabel, TX, Tuesday, Coast Guard officials said.

The Coast Guard says a towing vessel called Capt. Jim Green hit a dock and released the low-sulfur fuel just before 11:30pm. Authorities are investigating what caused the collision.

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The Coast Guard, Texas General Land Office and Kirby Inland Marine responded to the scene.

Miller Environmental, an oil spill response organization, is on scene conducting air monitoring and oil recovery operations. The source of the spill has been secured, the Coast Guard said.

There has been no impact to wildlife at this time, officials said.

“We were immediately notified by the crew of Jim Green and responded quickly with our partners at the Texas General Land Office,” said Capt. Tony Hahn, commander, Sector Corpus Christi. “We will be assessing the impacted areas quickly and will ensure a robust and thorough cleanup.”

The Coast Guard said it is working to assess the impact on the waterway and surrounding areas.