HOUSTON – The U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies are cleaning up a crude oil spill in Tabbs Bay near Baytown Monday.
“An estimate of 630 gallons of crude oil has been discharged from an out-of-service wellhead,” Coast Guard officials wrote in a press release Monday. “One mile of shoreline is impacted and approximately 840 gallons of oily water has been collected.”
Over 6,400-feet of boom was deployed in three stages to contain the spill, officials say. Vacuum trucks and a floating drum skimmer were also on-scene Monday to collect and recover discharged crude oil and prevent impact to the Houston Ship Channel and the surrounding environment.
“Nearly 12,500-feet of absorbent material has been placed along the shoreline and workboats are onsite to collect soiled absorbent boom,” officials wrote.
The cause of the spill is under investigation.