Coast Guard responding to crude oil spill in Highland Bayou

8th Coast Guard District NewsHOUSTON — The Coast Guard, Environmental Protection Agency and Texas General Land Office are responding to a report of crude oil in Highland Bayou, near Hitchcock, Thursday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Texas City received a report at 9 a.m. from the National Response Center that an oil and waste water tank, owned by Dune Energy, released approximately 84,000 gallons of oil and waste water mixture. The tank was surrounded by a spill containment berm that was able to hold a majority of the spill. Approximately 4,200 gallons of oil escaped the berm and entered the waters of the Highland Bayou.

Containment boom is currently being deployed in three strategic locations in the Highland Bayou to minimize the environmental impact.

Garner Environmental has been contracted to respond to the spill.

“We are grateful that there have been no reports of any injuries,” stated Cmdr. James Robertson, commanding officer of MSU Texas City. “The Coast Guard is working in close coordination with our partnering agencies and clean-up contractors to quickly mitigate the situation with minimal impact to the environment”

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident.

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