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Oil spill cleanup underway near Port Arthur

Supply vessel and tug boat collided near entrance to Sabine Pass

PORT ARTHUR, Texas — The U.S. Coast Guard is on the scene of an oil spill near Port Arthur. 

According to the Coast Guard, an offshore supply vessel and a tug vessel collided near the entrance to Sabine Pass Thursday. 

Coast Guard officials as well as environmental exerts are on the scene working to clean up nearly 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel that was spilled. 

The Coast Guard says the source of where the diesel spilled from has been secured and the scene is "contained."

The cause of the collision is under investigation and no one was injured. 

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The Coast Guard is responding to an oil spill near Port Arthur, Texas, Friday.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a report of a collision involving the offshore supply vessel Cheramie Botruc 22 and tug vessel Mariya Moran near the entrance to Sabine Pass, Texas, Thursday morning.

Personnel from Coast Guard Station Sabine, Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur, Texas General Land Office, Oil Spill Removal Organization, OMI Environmental Solutions and Environmental Safety and Health were launched to the scene and confirmed that one of the vessel's fuel tanks had been impacted.

An estimate of 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled.

The source of the release has been secured and the spill has been contained. Boom and sorbent material have been placed around the vessel while it remains anchored outside of the channel.

The cause of the collision is under investigation. No injuries were reported.

The Coast Guard and Texas General Land Office personnel will continue to monitor recovery efforts.

For questions concerning Texas General Land Office's response, please contact Texas General Land Office's Oil Spill Prevention and Response Divisions at 361-886-1650


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