Federal, State, and Local Agencies Protect Corpus Christi Bay Waters from Leaked Diesel Fuel

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – Today at roughly 12:30 p.m., the Corpus Christi Fire Department (CCFD) and the Port of Corpus Christi responded to a vessel hearth on a moored shrimp boat on the City’s Municipal Marina on the Coopers Alley L-Head. Several companies took incident command of the occasion, together with the US Coast Guard and the Texas General Land Office.

Firefighters from CCFD and the Port of Corpus Christi rapidly contained and extinguished the fireplace. Boom was instantly positioned across the vessel. Subsequently, the vessel started to submerge, inflicting diesel gas to leak into the bay waters. The vessel proprietor estimated that roughly 200 gallons of diesel gas had been onboard. However, it’s unknown how a lot oil leaked into the bay presently. EnviroServe, an organization offering a 24-hour emergency environmental response, was contracted by the boat proprietor to deploy further increase and present cleanup companies. This included vacuuming diesel gas from on prime of the water inside and across the boomed areas. To enhance the catchment, an extra increase was positioned within the impacted space by the General Land Office.

Due to heavy winds from the southeast, a few of the leaked diesel gas migrated north alongside the marina bulkheads; nonetheless, it too was contained with booms and eliminated from the water.

Clean-up operations had been finalized at roughly 9:00 PM. All remaining diesel gas within the submerged vessel’s gas tank has been extracted. All diesel gas noticed within the space and contained inside the booms was eliminated from the water. Environmental groups will return to the location tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. to find out if further cleansing is required.

The partially submerged vessel can be eliminated from the bay within the coming days.

For the protection and well-being of the group and the location staff, the part of the L-Head close to the incident is closed to vehicular and pedestrian visitors.

Currently, there are not any studies of impacts to marine animals or different wildlife. No accidents had been reported.

A fireplace investigation by the Coast Guard and CCFD is underway.

The City of Corpus Christi will proceed to supply updates on this occasion.

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