PORT ARTHUR, Texas — The Coast Guard says nearly half the oil that spilled at a major Texas port during a collision between a tanker and a towing vessel has evaporated, dispersed or been recovered from the water.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Casey Ranel said Monday about 175,000 gallons of oil had been evaporated or dispersed. She says about 46,200 gallons — or 10 percent of the total oil spilled — was recovered.
Two nearby sensitive wildlife areas remain unaffected by Saturday's spill, which is mostly contained in a 2-mile stretch of the Sabine Neches Waterway near the port of Port Arthur, about 90 miles east of Houston.
About 462,000 gallons of oil spilled when an 800-foot tanker headed for an Exxon Mobil Corp. refinery in Beaumont collided with a vessel pushing two barges.
Nobody was hurt. (AP)