Crews Cleanup Oil Spill in Galveston Bay

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Cleanup efforts have begun after a barge carrying nearly a million gallons of thick, sticky oil collided with a ship in Texas' Galveston Bay.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Andy Kendrick said Sunday morning that skimmers are recovering the oil that spilled in Saturday's collision and a boom is in place to protect environmentally sensitive areas.

Kendrick said the remaining oil is being moved off of the damaged barge.

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He said officials still believe that just one of the barge's tanks was breached. That tank had a capacity of 168,000 gallons.

Kendrick said it isn't clear how much oil spilled into the bay.

There have been no reports of impact on wildlife. The bay is a popular bird habitat and the peak of migratory shorebird season is approaching.
 

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