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Vacuums used after South Texas barge accident, fuel spill

Posted October 13

— Cleanup crews have used absorbent pads, skimming drums and vacuum trucks to help remove about 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled when a barge hit a South Texas dock.

Coast Guard officials say recovery work continued Thursday at the accident site on the Intracoastal Waterway near Port Isabel. Nobody was hurt in Tuesday night's fuel spill that Coast Guard originally estimated involved about 20,000 gallons.

Officials say about 1,000 gallons have yet to be recovered. Responders have deployed about 6,000 feet of boom to help contain the fuel.

A Coast Guard statement says the area around the damaged barge is being cleaned. The barge will eventually be moved to a dock in the Brownsville Ship Channel to unload what's left of the cargo.


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