Coast Guard reports 420 gallon oil spill in Texas waters


Tabbs Bay is east of Houston near Baytown and La Porte.


The US Coast Guard responded to a reported oil spill in Tabbs Bay near Houston.

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The US Coast Guard contains a report oil spill of about 420 gallons in Tabbs Bay near Houston, according to a Press release Tuesday, August 17. Over 2,000 feet of rigid booms and sorbent booms were placed around affected areas to contain and recover petroleum products.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston observers received a report of the oil spill around 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 16, according to the release. Tabbs Bay is east of Houston near Baytown and La Porte.

Pollution responders are overseeing a rapid oil cleanup to mitigate environmental impacts through its coordination with partner agencies and ongoing assessment of shorelines and waterways.

No impact on wildlife has been reported at this time. The cause of the pollution has been identified and the source is secured. Authorities have not disclosed the cause of the pollution.

Tabbs Bay has experienced oil spills before. In February 2020, approximately 630 gallons of crude oil spilled from a decommissioned wellhead, according to a Houston Station. At this time, 840 gallons of oily water were collected. Officials used vacuum trucks and a floating drum skimmer to collect and recover the crude oil and avoid any impact on the environment and Houston Ship Channel.

For the most recent spill, the Coast Guard and the Texas General Land Office are investigating.


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