Coast Guard overseeing Sunoco oil spill on Neches River

Approximately 460 gallons of fuel spilled into the river during vessel fueling at the Sunoco Partners facility Wednesday night.

NEDERLAND - The Coast Guard Captain of the Port of Port Arthur reopened a section of the Neches River Thursday near Sunoco Partners facility in Nederland after an oil spill occurred Wednesday evening.

The boat ramp of Port Neches Park was closed for more than nine hours due to the spill. Approximately 460 gallons of Number 2 marine fuel spilled into the river during vessel fueling at the Sunoco Partners facility at 8:24p.m Wednesday.

Absorbent boom was deployed to contain the fuel after the incident. The waterway was closed Wednesday night from light 28 to Sun Anchorage.

"We can smell the product in the water." said Chris Domino.

Domino took his boat out for a run on Thursday after the ramp opened following the spill.

"We depend on our waterways to be clean, that's for sure." he said. 

Vessels transiting the area are limited to minimum wake and no passing in the affected area.

Vessel Traffic Service Port Arthur reported five vessels were waiting to go outbound and three waiting to come inbound at 2:20 p.m. Thursday.

Personnel are working to recover product in the water. The Coast Guard encourages recreational marine traffic to stay clear of the area until the waterway is reopened.

Texas General Land Office, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Jefferson County Emergency Management, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Coast Guard are working together to insure it is handled in a timely manner.

12News reached out to Sunoco for comment, we are still waiting to hear back from them. 

An investigation into the cause of the incident is ongoing.

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