Waterway Partially Open

Waterway Partially Open

POSTED: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 3:41pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:26pm

PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) - The Sabine-Neches Waterway in
southeast Texas has opened to limited traffic following a weekend
oil spill when two vessels collided.
The U.S. Coast Guard said the waterway next to Port Arthur
reopened Wednesday.
On Saturday, 462,000 gallons of light crude oil spilled into the
water from the Eagle Otome. The 800-foot tanker collided with a
towboat pushing two barges. The damaged Otome was moved to the
Sunoco oil terminal in Beaumont on Tuesday evening.
The Coast Guard says about 534,000 gallons of an oil and water
mixture have been recovered. Work continues to recover oil.
The Coast Guard says six birds were found covered with oil. Two
were found dead and the remaining four are being cleaned and
treated.

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