Unified Command continues to respond to oil discharge offshore of Port Aransas, Texas

The Coast Guard, Texas General Land Office, and Bouchard Transportation representatives continue to respond to an oil discharge that occurred three miles off the jetties of Port Aransas, Texas Oct. 25, 2017. The discharge occurred after a fire broke out on a fuel barge being towed by the Buster Bouchard.

The Coast Guard, Texas General Land Office, and Bouchard Transportation representatives continue to respond to an oil discharge that occurred three miles off the jetties of Port Aransas, Texas Oct. 25, 2017.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard, Texas General Land Office, and Bouchard Transportation representatives continue to respond to an oil discharge that occurred three miles off the jetties of Port Aransas, Texas.

Unified Command achieved a significant milestone Wednesday with the safe transit of the barge to a shore facility to safely offload product contained in its cargo tanks.

Beach assessment and cleanup operations continued on Mustang and Padre Islands on Wednesday. A 32 person team was deployed on Mustang Island, where a total of 59 cubic yards of oily solids have been removed. Cleanup operations with two teams of 40 personnel each on Padre Island have recovered 14 cubic yards from Padre Island.

“Today a major milestone was achieved with the safe transit of the barge to a shore facility,” said Capt. Jason Smith, Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi deputy sector commander. “The progress achieved is a result of the hard work by Unified Command and many from the maritime community.”

To report sightings of impacted wildlife, please call 361-500-9968.

For claims related to this incident, please call 888-850-8486.

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