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Coast Guard, GLO respond to oil spill near Port Arthur

Special to The News

The Coast Guard and Texas General Land Office responded late Wednesday to an oil spill after an accident involving the towing vessel Savage Pathfinder and the motor vessel Endurance at Dock 4 near Port Arthur.

About 13,272 gallons of marine diesel fuel was discharged. The source of the leak has been secured.

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur and GLO personnel were dispatched to the scene to investigate and respond to the spill. Containment boom was placed around the vessel. Crews continue recovery efforts Thursday.

An urgent marine information broadcast was sent cautioning mariners transiting around Texaco Point and Port Arthur.

“We are working with GLO, the responsible party and all maritime stakeholders to minimize impact as quickly as possible,” said Capt. Jackie Twomey, federal on-scene coordinator and commanding officer of MSU Port Arthur.

The cause of the incident was under investigation. There were no reported injuries.