The Brief: "An Extremely Serious Spill" in Galveston Bay

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The spill of as much as 168,000 gallons of fuel oil into Galveston Bay has crews working hard to avoid lasting impacts on a crucial shipping channel as well as an ecologically sensitive area of the Texas coast. "This is an extremely serious spill," said Capt. Brian Penoyer of the U.S. Coast Guard, as reported by the Houston Chronicle. "It is a persistent oil."

As it stands, the collision between a barge carrying 924,000 gallons of oil and a ship has created a massive traffic jam for dozens of ships both wanting to ...

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