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Overloaded barge spills 1,000+ gallons of oil into local waters

Posted at 5:12 AM, Aug 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-31 13:04:26-04

An overloaded barge spilled more than a thousand gallons of oil into Port of Corpus Christi waters Thursday night.

The Coast Guard responded to the oil spill Thursday night at Flint Hills East Dock in Corpus Christi, according to a press release. Officials say boom has been placed around the overloaded barge, which spilled about 1,176 gallons of oil into the water.

A 100 by 450 yard sheen could be seen in the Port waters due to the spill, according to the release.

Flint Hills Resources said the barge is third party and provided this statement:

Yesterday a gas oil spill from a third party barge occurred at a dock near Flint Hills Resources East Plant in Corpus Christi, Texas. The spill has been contained. Questions about the cause of the incident and the status of the clean-up should be directed to the responsible party.

-Flint Hills Resources

The Coast Guard said the spill and cleanup have had no impact on port operations.

Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi Incident Management Division, along with Corpus Christi Oil Spill Association, Flint Hills and barge crews, continue clean up efforts this morning.