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Oil tanker collided with barges releasing gasoline product into Houston Ship Channel

May 11, 2019

Houston ( Entercom) - A 755-foot oil tanker collided with two barges on Friday, capsizing one and damaging on, leaking Reformate into the Houston Ship Channel, the US Coast Guard said in a statement.

"An estimated 25,000 barrels of gasoline blend stock were loaded on each barge. An unknown amount of product has been released from the damaged barge," the statement said.

"Air monitoring is being conducted along the shoreline ... the first priority of the unified command is public safety," it said. " If any readings above actionable levels are detected, advisories will be provided to local emergency operations centers."

The Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health is is conducting around the clock air monitoring in the communities west of the bay.