Tanker Collision Spills Massive Amounts of Toxic Liquid In Houston-Area Bay

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

One barge was severely damaged and another capsized following a collision with a 755-foot (230-m) tanker in the Houston Ship Channel near Bayport, Texas, that spilled about 9,000 gallons of gasoline into waywater, officials said.

It happened near the Bayport Ship Channel.

Kevin Oditt said the agency is working to reopen the channel.

It is unclear how much of the product has leaked into the water, officials said. The SVFD is investigating, however, we are receiving preliminary reports that the smell may be a result of barge accident in the Houston Ship Channel.

No injuries have been reported from the incident.

The Coast Guard said air monitoring was being conducted and "if any readings above actionable levels are detected, advisories will be provided to local emergency operations centers".

Reformate is colorless, flammable and toxic to touch, inhale or ingest.

An estimated 25,000 barrels of gasoline blend stock were loaded on each barge, a Coast Guard statement said.

After monitoring the air quality in the area, League City has determined that there are no harmful chemicals in the air.

The Coast Guard hasn't revealed the cause of the collision.

Officials say the tested samples of Reformate don't pose a risk to local residents at this point and the Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health is now monitoring nearby communities.

The Houston Shipping Channel was temporarily closed for several days in March following an earlier petrochemical spill from the Intercontinental Terminals Co. storage facility in Deer Park that sent fuel, water, and fire-suppressant foam pouring into the waterway.

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