(GALVESTON BAY, Texas) — Clean-up efforts are under way on Sunday after an oil spill in one of the nation’s busiest ports.
A barge carrying heavy oil collided with a ship in Galveston Bay, Texas on Saturday, spilling about 170,000 gallons of oil.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Andy Kendrick says the clean-up will take some time.
“It’s definitely a major spill and it going to take a while to clean up. Fortunately, we’re in Houston, which has probably got some of the best response equipment in the world for oil spills,” Kendrick said. “We have a great deal of equipment and manpower.”
In comparison with the devastating 2010 Gulf oil spill, Kendrick says, “This spill, though very significant, is not anything like that.”
Shipping lanes are temporarily closed as the clean-up continues.
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