Saturday, March 22, a barge, owned by Houston-based Kirby Inland Marine Corp, was traveling the Houston Ship Channel when struck by a ship. The barge was transporting about 924,000 gallons of oil. The unfortunate result was an estimated 168,000 gallons of oil leaking into Galveston Bay. Emergency crews worked to contain the oil, and the Coast Guard continues to monitor the environmental impact of this oil spill.
A command post was set up at the Port O’Connor Community Center to coordinate efforts to protect Matagorda Bay. The Coast Guard and General Land Office moved more than 200 people and 20 vessels to Port O’Connor.
News crews arrive in Port O’Connor to report on any oil reaching the bay.