Oil tanker collision in Texas causes big oil spill

Environmental Issues

Sunday, Jan 24, 2010-Port Arthur,TX

A collision between an oil tanker (ship) and a barge towing vessel caused an oil spill in the waters off Port Arthur,TX.  The oil spilled is estimated to be about 450,000 gallons, a huge amount by any account.The spill is being cleaned up with booms. Fire and emergency responder officers reported that several blocks of the downtown area had been evacuated. Other reports siad that Hydrogen Sulfide gas is also being emitted from the spilled oil.  The gas, which smells like rotten eggs,  is highly toxic and can be fatal if inhaled in large quantities.

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