Port Arthur oil spill update

Press release from Unified Command:

PORT ARTHUR, Texas - The following information contains recent updates from Jan. 25, 2010 regarding the Port Arthur oil spill.

  • 220,053 gallons of oil have been recovered, evaporated or dispersed naturally.
  • Approximately 9 miles of shoreline have been impacted
  • Two oiled birds have been reported, one has been captured and is being cleaned
  • 59,800 feet of boom has been deployed
  • 27 skimming vessels are on scene
  • 36 vessels are on scene to deploy and work boom
  • The Texas Responder, a 210-foot oil recovery vessel, is on scene
  • Approximately 550 people are responding

Lightering for the barges, which were being pushed by the towing vessel Dixie Vengeance at the time of the incident are scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.  Lightering operations for the tank vessel Eagle Otome are scheduled to begin today as well.

No injuries have been reported.

To report oiled wildlife please contact 1-888-709-9798. The public should not attempt to capture any oiled wildlife.

A claims number has been established for this incident. To report a claim, please call 866-310-3831.

The Coast Guard is conducting a joint investigation with the NTSB into the incident, and all parties are fully participating.