DEER PARK, Texas — Oil pockets believed to be connected to the chemical fire at the Intercontinental Terminals Co. in Deer Park have been observed along the shorelines of the Santa Anna Bayou Marsh, ITC officials said Thursday.
The oil pockets were confirmed during a U.S. Coast Guard overflight of the area at approximately 10:30 a.m., ITC said.
The impacted areas include the easternmost edge of Peggy Lake and the westernmost edge at Boggy Bayou Basin. Booms were deployed early in the incident to protect sensitive areas.
ITC said observers have been sent to San Jacinto State Park and Tucker Bayou. Responders are also using equipment to remove the oil from the water, according to ITC.
They are positioning additional booms along the shorelines to absorb the oil and prevent further impact, ITC said.
Marshes serve as nursery habitats as well as feeding and loafing areas for fish and birds, including various water birds, alligators, fish, shrimp, and crab.
As of 6 a.m. Thursday, about 1.2 million gallons of oily water mix has been removed from the waterways. That's more than 28,500 barrels.
From the tank farm, about 1.5 million gallons of product mixed with water and firefighting foam has been removed. That's more than 35,700 barrels.
Nearly 100,000 feet of boom is covering water in the Battleship Texas area, the oyster beds located in Burnett Bay, Carpenters Bayou, Crystal Bay Marsh, Old River, Patrick Bayou, Santa Anna Bayou, the western shore of the mouth of the San Jacinto River, Tucker Bayou, and the Intercontinental Terminals Company LLC (ITC) docks.
ITC says seven of the 15 tanks were secured.
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