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UPDATE: Oil spill cleanup impedes major Texas ship channel

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TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) - Officials say all of the remaining oil has been taken out of the damaged barge and it is being moved out of the Houston Ship Channel.
    
The barge collided with a ship Saturday and a 168,000-gallon tank started leaking.
    
Coast Guard port captain Brian Penoyer said at a news conference Sunday that oil residue has been spotted as far as 12 miles out into the Gulf of Mexico.
    
Penoyer called it "a significant spill." Officials also said there have been some reports of affected wildlife but didn't specify.
    
The channel is closed, blocking more than 60 vessels, including three cruise ships, from moving between the Gulf and Galveston Bay.
    
Officials plan to bring in cruise ships on a case by case basis. Penoyer didn't say when the channel would reopen.

 

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TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) - The Coast Guard says that the cleanup of a Texas oil spill is blocking the movement of about 60 ships in or out of the Galveston Bay, including three cruise ships.
    
Lt. Sam Danus says the mouth of Houston Ship Channel is closed. Twenty-seven vessels, including two cruise ships, are waiting to enter the channel from the Gulf of Mexico. Thirty-four vessels, including one cruise ship, are waiting to leave Galveston Bay.
    
Danus says it's not clear when the channel will reopen.
    
A barge carrying nearly a million gallons of marine fuel oil collided with a ship Saturday afternoon, springing a leak in one of the tanks.
    
Danus also says the Coast Guard hasn't determined how much oil spilled into the bay. A tank holds 168,000 gallons.

An update on the spill should be released shortly after a news conference planned for 2 p.m.

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