Coast Guard responding
to diesel spill near South Padre Island, Texas
Sector Corpus Christi and the Texas General Land Office are responding to an
oil spill at mile marker 667 on the Intracoastal Waterway near
Port Isabel, Wednesday.
Watchstanders at Sector Corpus Christi received a report that the uninspected
towing vessel Capt. Jim Green allided with a dock at the Subsea 7 facility,
releasing approximately 20,000 gallons of low sulfur diesel fuel into the
waterway at 11:24 p.m., Tuesday.
A Unified Command consisting of the Coast Guard, Texas General Land Office and
Kirby Inland Marine has been established in response to the allision and diesel
Miller Environmental, an oil spill response organization, is currently on scene
conducting air monitoring and oil recovery operations. The source of the
spill has been secured.
There have been no reported impacts to wildlife at this time.
"We were immediately notified by the crew of Jim Green and responded
quickly with our partners at the Texas General Land Office," said Capt.
Tony Hahn, commander, Sector Corpus Christi. "We will be assessing the
impacted areas quickly and will ensure a robust and thorough cleanup."
The Coast Guard is conducting an over flight with pollution responders from the
Coast Guard and Texas General Land Office to get an accurate assessment of the
impact to the waterway and surrounding areas. The Coast Guard is also
broadcasting a safety marine information broadcast every hour.
The cause of the incident is under investigation.
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