On Saturday – March 25, 2014 – a barge carrying nearly 1 million gallons of heavy oil collided with a ship in the Houston Ship Channel at Texas City. According to officials from the U.S. Coast Guard, as much as 168,000 gallons of oil spilled into the channel, one of the world's busiest waterways. Responders have detected oil as far as 12 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. The cause of the spill is still being investigated.
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The Coast Guard and other emergency response agencies have been continuing cleanup efforts since Saturday, and the barge has since been moved. More than 20 ships are working to skim the oil, and authorities report that containment booms have been deployed. As a result of the spill and subsequent cleanup efforts, the Houston Ship Channel has been closed since Saturday. Officials say it could be partially opened on Monday.
How the Spill is Affecting the Local Economy
In addition to many environmental concerns, the spill has had a significant impact on the local economy. Because the Channel has been closed, more than 80 vessels have been forced to wait to enter or leave the bay. As a thriving waterway, the channel is a hub for industrial and economic activity. The closure has caused considerable losses for local residents and businesses that have had their operations come to a halt.
Businesses throughout Texas City have suffered a substantial drop in their profits since the closure. Impacted businesses include local tackle shops, fisherman, cruise lines, and other Texas City businesses that depend on the channel being fully operational.
The Texas oil spill has had a profound impact on the local environment and economy, which is why there are numerous laws and regulations in place to prevent these types of incidents. The spill has caused extensive damages, considerable expenses for cleanup, and losses for many local residents and businesses. The Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board are continuing investigations into the underlying cause of the spill to determine who can be held at fault.
At Stern Law Group, our Houston attorneys have recovered over 800 million dollars for clients who have suffered losses through no fault of their own. We are currently investigating claims of local residents or businesses that have been impacted by the spill and are prepared to help them recover their financial losses.
If you would like to discuss your potential Texas oil spill claim with a member of our legal team, call (877) 661-9900 or fill out an online case evaluation form.