Cleanup from Houston Ship Channel oil spill could end this week

Cleanup from Houston Ship Channel oil spill could end this week

Amid one of the most important wildlife sanctuaries in America, a place where birds almost always outnumber the few humans venturing to a remote island, workmen are now hauling away tons of beach sand contaminated by oil.

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by The Associated Press

The Associated Press

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 12:39 PM

TEXAS CITY, Texas -- Cleanup from last month's oil spill in the Houston Ship Channel could wrap up within days as officials try to determine blame for the barge and ship collision.
    
The Galveston County Daily News reported Tuesday that U.S. Coast Guard officials expect cleanup efforts to end this week.
    
The March 22 accident near Texas City dumped nearly 170,000 gallons of oil from the barge into the water. The stream of heavy fuel oil extended into the Gulf of Mexico and then southward along the Texas coast.
    
Seawolf Park and East Beach in Galveston reopened last week, as well as the last 2 miles of the Texas City dike. All were closed during cleanup that continues south of Matagorda Island.
    
Coast Guard officials did not immediately return a message Tuesday.
    
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Information from: The Galveston County Daily News, http://www.galvnews.com

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