Cleanup Continuing in the Ship Channel

The Bayport Channel Collision Response Unified Command is holding a press conference at 3 this afternoon to update the public on the cleanup effort underway in the Houston Ship Channel.

Residents of nearby communities concerned about odors emanating from the chemical spill are urged to call 281-757-3017.

Friday a tanker and tug collided and barges that were transporting a gasoline blend stock product were damaged, one almost splitting in half and the other capsizing, releasing the chemicals into the waterway.

The Response office is urging residents and others near the water to avoid direct contact with the product in the water due to a potential risk of skin and eye irritations.

• Avoid all visible sheens in the water

• Thoroughly wash any impacted skin with soap and water

• Stay clear of containment boom on the water

• Consult a healthcare professional should specific and serious health concerns arise

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