Houston Ship Channel spill clean-up to take several days

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

HOUSTON (AP) — Coast Guard officials say efforts to clean up after a collision on the Houston Ship Channel spilled a flammable chemical will take at least several days to complete.

About a 4 to 8 mile stretch of the ship channel remained closed Tuesday as crews worked to clean up the gasoline additive that spilled after two 600-foot ships collided a day earlier in foggy conditions.

Coast Guard Capt. Brian Penoyer says the main concern is ensuring that there is no danger to residents and work crews from the chemical's flammability and the toxicity of its vapors.

Officials say there are no shelter-in-place orders for nearby communities. However, some roads and areas closer to the spill remain closed.