News Release # 2

The Unified Command continues to respond to a collision on the Houston Ship Channel at Lights 71-74 between a 755-foot tanker and a tug pushing two barges near Bayport, Texas, Friday.

One barge has capsized and one is significantly damaged. An estimated 25,000 barrels of gasoline blend stock were loaded on each barge. An unknown amount of product has been released from the damaged barge.

The Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health is conducting around the clock air monitoring in the communities west of the bay. Air monitoring results will be published on the response website at At this time, no readings have been recorded above actionable levels, however, any readings above actionable levels will be immediately reported to the appropriate emergency operations center.

A 24/7 air monitoring hotline has been established for the public to report strong gasoline odors at: 281-757-3017. Members of the community who feel they may require medical attention should still call 911.

1600-feet of boom has been deployed around the barges. Additional boom is being deployed and staged to protect sensitive areas along the bay.

The Houston Ship Channel is closed from Light 61-75. A safety zone has closed Clear Creek Channel from the entrance to Clear Lake and extending east to Light 66 on the Houston Ship Channel and north up to but not including the Bayport Ship Channel.

Salvage teams are on scene assessing the damaged barges and additional salvage assets are in route.

A 24/7 claims hotline is available at: 1-800-241-9010.

There are no reported injuries at this time.

For all media inquiries, the joint information center can be reached at: 281-755-4670.