Houston Ship Channel | 168,000 Gal Tar Gunk | Ship Collision | Mar 22, 2014

168,000 Gallons of Tar Gunk Near Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Houston Ship Channel Spill“Containment Was Never A Possibility” – Capt. Brian Penoyer, commander of the Coast Guard at Houston-Galveston

March 22, 2014 – A little incident in the Houston Ship Channel has closed the waterway to traffic for at least three days, as crews attempt to clean up some of the estimated 168,000 gallons of heavy tarlike oil dumped from a barge. The accident, which took place just as the migratory shorebird bird season began, involved a collision between a barge and a ship. A tank holding 4,000 barrels of petro gunk was ripped open by the collision, resulting in a rapid dispersal of toxic hydrocarbons due to currents, tides and winds. A 12 mile slick drifted out into the Gulf of Mexico.

Upward of 60 ships were backed up in either direction, as oil covered birds and other marine wildlife from the nearby bird habitats were being transported to a wildlife rehabilitation facility.

Can we say something here? If you drill and transport hydrocarbons, they are going to spill and sometimes blow up. It’s not complicated.

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