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Coast Guard responds to oil slick near Port Aransas, Texas

Posted at 3:45 PM, Jul 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-18 16:45:49-04

PORT ARANSAS, TEXAS — Coast Guard crews responded to a report of oil that washed ashore at the Port Aransas Municipal Boat Ramp in Port Aransas, Texas, Wednesday.

At 7:15 a.m., Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi Incident Management Division received notification from the Texas General Land Office of an oil slick at the Port Aransas Municipal Boat Ramp.

A Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi IMD duty team responded and estimated the oil slick at 40 gallons.

The IMD duty team accessed the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund and partnered with the Texas General Land Office, the Port Aransas Harbor Master and contractors to remove the oil from the water and decontaminate structures around the boat ramp using a pressure washer, VAC truck, active skimming and absorbents.

The cause of the oil slick is under investigation.