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Wreckage Removed, Houston Ship Channel Reopened to Two-Way Traffic

The Houston Ship Channel reopened on Wednesday to two-way traffic after salvage crews removed two gasoline barges damaged in a weekend collision with a deep-draft vessel, officials said. About 11,280 barrels of gasoline spilled into the channel near Bayport, Texas, …

Texas Officials Warn Against Eating Fish From Bays After Ship Channel Crash

Texas health officials have advised people not to fish or eat seafood from parts of some Houston-area bays as cleanup continues following last week’s tanker and barges accident and toxic leak. An official with the Texas Department of State Health …

Official: Houston Ship Channel Restrictions Could Continue All Week

The Houston Ship Channel could remain under one-way travel restrictions all week following a collision between a deep-draft ship and a barge that spilled petrochemicals into the waterway, according to an official. About 9,000 barrels of gasoline spilled into the …

Houston Ship Channel Reopens After Collision Pollutes Air, Water

The Houston Ship Channel reopened to limited traffic on Sunday after a vessel collision dumped almost 400,000 gallons of a gasoline ingredient and choked suburbs of the U.S. city with noxious fumes. A U.S. Coast Guard-led response team has begun …

After 18 Months, Houston Hurricane Vulnerability Documents Arrive from Feds

Note: This article originally appeared in the Texas Tribune. Eighteen months ago, the Texas Tribune and ProPublica asked the federal government for some documents. At the time, we were investigating what will happen the next time a massive hurricane hits …

Despite Collision, Closure, Business Continues on Houston Ship Channel

Goods are being unloaded and commerce traded along the Houston Ship Channel, even though part of the waterway remained closed on March 11 amid cleanup efforts following a collision that spilled a flammable chemical. About a 4-mile to 8-mile stretch …

Part of Houston Ship Channel Closed After Tanker, Carrier Collide

A portion of the busy Houston Ship Channel was shut on March 9 after two ships collided in fog, causing a leak of flammable liquid. Methyl tertiary-butyl ether, or MTBE, a gasoline additive aboard the Danish-flagged chemical tanker Carla Maersk, …

Houston Ship Channel Spill Blocks Ships, Hampers Ferry Operations

More than 80 ships were waiting on March 24 to see if the Coast Guard would reopen part of the Houston Ship Channel that was the scene of an oil spill over the weekend. The channel is one of the …

NTSB: Pilot Caused Houston Ship Channel Collision

Federal investigators have concluded that pilot error caused the collision of a chemical tanker with a containership in the Houston Ship Channel in October 2011. The National Transportation Safety Board said in a statement released Sept. 25 that the collision …