Port of Victoria not affected by Houston Ship Channel oil spill

Sara  Sneath By Sara Sneath

March 25, 2014 at midnight
Updated March 24, 2014 at 10:25 p.m.

Oil and redirected ship traffic from the Houston Ship Channel are not expected to reach the Port of Victoria.

While the port does not expect to be affected by the Saturday spill, it is prepared to respond in the event of an oil spill in its own waters.

"Port of Victoria officials take protection of the waterway and environment very seriously and have planned and prepared in the unlikely and rare case an accident happens in the barge canal," Port of Victoria media relations consultant Mike Sizemore wrote in a prepared statement Monday.

About 2 million barrels of oil are barged from the port to Texas and Louisiana refineries each month, Sizemore wrote in an email.

Oil companies doing business through the port are required by law to have an oil spill response organization on contract to contain a spill within an hour's notification of an incident, he wrote in the statement.

Anderson Pollution Control is under contract to provide such service in the Port of Victoria.

If Anderson Pollution Control is unable to quickly respond to an oil spill event, the port is prepared to deploy an oil containment boom to contain a spill until a pollution control company is on site to conduct cleanup operations, Sizemore wrote in the statement.

Ship traffic halted at the Houston Ship Channel is not being redirected to the port, he said.

Calls to Calhoun Port Authority were not responded to Monday.



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