Oil vessel collides with barge, cleanup effort in progress

Monday, January 25, 2010 - 1:27pm

PORT ARTHUR - The Coast Guard says about 220,000 gallons of oil have been recovered, evaporated or dispersed after a tanker and another vessel collided at Port Arthur.

Emergency personnel today report about nine miles of shoreline
have been impacted.

Two oiled birds have been reported — one has been captured and
is being cleaned.

About 462,000 gallons of oil spilled when an 800-foot tanker
headed for an Exxon Mobil refinery in Beaumont collided Saturday
with a vessel pushing two barges. Nobody was hurt.

Nearly 60,000 feet of boom have been put out since the accident
along the Port of Port Arthur.

The Coast Guard says more than two dozen skimming vessels were
on the scene today.

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