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Oil Spill | Galveston Bay, TX | March 22, 2014
On March 22, 2014, the 585 foot bulk carrier M/V Summer Wind collided with the oil tank-barge Kirby 27706 in Galveston Bay near Texas City, Texas. The barge spilled approximately 168,000 gallons of intermediate fuel oil into lower Galveston Bay and eventually into the Gulf of Mexico. The majority of the discharged oil stranded on shorelines between Galveston and Matagorda Islands.
This was the first large oil spill response following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Drawing on lessons from that spill, and the extensive training NOAA provided, NOAA and our partners responded quickly to this incident. NOAA provided scientific support to the U.S. Coast Guard. That included trajectory forecasts of the floating oil movement, shoreline assessment, data management, overflight tracking of the oil, weather forecasts, and assessment of natural resources at risk.
What Were the Impacts?
The impacts of the spill are currently being evaluated through the natural resource damage assessment (Investigation performed by trustees to identify injuries to natural resources caused by oil spills, hazardous substance releases, and grounding incidents in National Marine Sanctuaries, and plan restoration activities. The goal of NRDA is to restore natural resources and compensate the public for lost recreational use.) process. Specifically, impacts to shoreline habitats, birds, bottlenose dolphins, and recreational use are being evaluated.
What’s Happening Now?
Federal and state Government officials acting on behalf of the public when there is injury to, destruction of, loss of, or threat to natural resources. are working cooperatively with Kirby Inland Marine, LP, the responsible party, to assess the injuries to natural resources through the NRDA process.