Barge leaks oil after collision in Houston Ship Channel
Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 00:46
March 23 - Emergency crews try to contain an oil leak after a barge filled with nearly a million gallons of oil and a cargo ship collide near Texas City. Vanessa Johnston reports.
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A collision between a barge and a cargo ship near Texas City on Saturday launches a frantic effort to stop a potentially massive oil leak.
The barge contains nearly a million gallons of oil.
The U.S. Coast Guard estimates that 160,000 gallons have already spilled into the Houston channel.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) CAPTAIN BRIAN PENOYER OF THE U.S. COAST GUARD SAYING:
"It's an extremely serious spill. This is a persistent oil. There's a large quantity. It will spread - people should be aware of that - and not expect that it will be simply or easily remedied."
Two crew members on the barge were hospitalized after being exposed to hydrogen sulfide.
It is unclear what caused the collision.
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