Chemical Leak into Houston Bayou

Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 06:05 PM gHale

There was a chemical leak in southeast Houston late Wednesday where crews worked through the night and into the next day trying to contain a substance that flowed into Berry Bayou.

Residents in the area reported smelling chemicals in a stream. Investigators tracked the chemical back to a biodiesel company.

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One of their tanks had ruptured and was leaking the chemical into the water. The company is bringing in equipment to contain the chemical and to clean it up.

“So far we’ve located a leaking container. The container could hold up to approximately 20,000 to 30,000 gallons,” said Dep. Chief Fernando Herrera with the Houston Fire Department. “We don’t know how much product was in the container when it began leaking. They’re investigating right now and containing the product in the bayou.”

They will also have to pump the tank out. Investigators are still trying to determine why the tank ruptured.

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