No air quality concerns detected after Texas barge collision
BAYPORT, Texas (AP) — Officials say air monitoring hasn’t raised health concerns as cleanup efforts continue following a collision at a busy commercial waterway near Houston involving four vessels that caused a toxic gasoline product to leak into the water.
Authorities said air testing Sunday found one detectable concentration of a volatile organic compound that was not detected in subsequent tests.
Residents in cities near the accident site have reported a strong gasoline smell. Officials say the spilled product is toxic to touch, inhale or ingest.
Friday’s accident near Bayport, Texas, between a tanker that punctured storage tanks on a tugboat that was pushing two barges along the Houston Ship Channel released about 9,000 barrels of a gasoline blend stock.
The ship channel remains partially closed.
The cause of the collision is being investigated.