Petrochemical Disaster Still Hampering Efforts To Clear Houston Shipping Bottleneck

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Published on March 25, 2019 - Duration: 00:39s

Petrochemical Disaster Still Hampering Efforts To Clear Houston Shipping Bottleneck

The backlog of vessels waiting to move through the Houston Ship Channel grew on Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The area remained closed to traffic for a third day as emergency workers attempted to clear a petrochemical spill from the Intercontinental Terminals storage facility.

Thirty-one vessels waited to enter the busiest U.S. oil port on Monday, while another 31 waited to leave, up from 26, respectively, on Sunday morning.

Fuels spilled after a 10-foot wide section of a containment barrier breached on Friday at Mitsui & Co Inc’s ITC facility outside of Houston.

The breach sending fuel, water and fire suppressant foam to a waterway that connects Houston to the Gulf of Mexico.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality continued to assess the contamination levels in the channel.

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