Barge Collision Spills Gasoline In Houston Ship Channel

Ship plows into barges in Houston channel, spilling toxic gas additive into bay (VIDEO)

"Air monitoring is being conducted along the shoreline".

Coast Guard Capt. Kevin Oditt said crews were working on securing the barges, initiating salvage and recovery operations and reopening the channel.

The U.S. Coast Guard confirmed the accident, which took place about 3:30 p.m. local time, in the Houston Ship Channel, near Bayport, Texas.

The liquid leaked into the bay is highly-flammable, toxic to marine life and could be deadly to anyone who ingests it.

A tug pushing two barges collided with an oil tanker in the Houston Ship Channel, causing one barge to capsize and the other is damaged, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement.

An estimated 25,000 tons of gasoline stock were on each barge and an unknown amount had been released, the Coast Guard said.

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The ship channel remains partially closed. Both barges were carrying about 25,000 barrels of reformate, which is refined chemical product that is blended with gasoline to boost octane levels.

There were no reported injuries during the collision with the tanker, the Genesis River.

Air monitoring systems have detected no "above actionable levels" of pollution, said Bayport Channel Collision Response, a group of federal, state and shipping officials organized to clear the wreckage and deal with the spill.

The Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health is monitoring nearby communities.

The National Weather Service Houston (NWS) tweeted out an infographic showing what areas of Houston should expect the highest odor from the spill.

The Houston Chronicle reports the closure halted 29 inbound ships and 17 outbound.

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