Coast Guard responding to oil spill in Houston ship channel

Coast Guard 8th District NewsHOUSTON — The Coast Guard is responding to an oil spill in the Houston Ship Channel near the Lyondell terminal, Saturday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston received the report from the National Response Center at approximately 12:40 a.m., the ship channel is open however transiting vessels are urged to keep their speed to a minimum, to minimize their wake.

A MH-65C Dolphin helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station Houston is on scene, as well as marine response investigators from Sector Houston-Galveston.

The source of the oil has not been determined. Responders have contained the spill with boom.

The cause of the spill is under investigation.

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  1. josh says:

    there are still tar balls floating down channel it has not been contained

  2. Ricky says:

    Tar balls can not be contained. They float along under the surface of the water. The only way to secure tar balls would be to construct some sort of mesh fencing that would run from above the water level to the channel floor. It would also have to be the complete width of the channel. As you can see this would be impossible.