Barge carrying almost a million gallons of oil crashes into ship, causing spill in Galveston Bay

By Rebecca Walezak,

A barge that was carrying almost a million gallons of oil hit a ship in Galveston Bay on Saturday, spilling an unknown amount into the water.

According to the Associated Press, the Coast Guard had to send in booms to try to collect the spill. While it is unknown how much oil spilled into the water, there was reportedly a noticeable sheen left covering the bay area.

The barge, which was carrying 924,000 gallons of particularly thick oil, was on its way to Bolivar when the collision occurred. Six crew members on board of the towing vessel, which was moving the barge, were reported to have injuries but are in stable condition. Specifics on those injuries were not given out.

The Galveston Bay Foundation announced that it is looking for volunteers to help with the impact the oil spill will have.

The Galveston Daily News reports that there is no immediate danger to the community due to the oil spill. There are, however, a few road closures to make crew access to the spill area easier.



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