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Oil spill near Corpus Christi after Christmas turned out to be bigger than reported

Initially, the US Coast Guard said that about 98 barrels or 3,800 gallons of crude oil spilled into Corpus Christi Bay from a pipeline that cracked in several places. That number more than tripled to 335 barrels, or 14,000 gallons, according to an analysis on Friday, Dec. 30, according to a statement from Flint Hills Resources, which is an oil refining and chemical company operating primarily in Texas and the Midwest.

In a Sunday, Jan. 1 statement, the company said other locations in Corpus Christi Bay are undergoing cleanup, including near Dock 5 at the Flint Hills Resources Ingleside Crude Oil Terminal, Corpus Christi Shipping Channel, North Beach, Indiana. Point, Nueces Bay, Rookery Island and dredger site.

Over 60,000 feet of booms and over 3,000 absorbent pads have been deployed to help with recovery and protect sensitive habitat and coastline.

Cleaners use oil skimmers to collect oil in the La Quinta Channel in Corpus Christi Bay, Texas, December 25, 2022.


Courtesy of the 8th U.S. Coast Guard District.

An arrow contains an oil spill in the La Quinta Channel in Corpus Christi Bay, Texas on December 25, 2022.

An arrow contains an oil spill in the La Quinta Channel in Corpus Christi Bay, Texas on December 25, 2022.


Courtesy of the 8th U.S. Coast Guard District.

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“Flint Hills Resources continues to work in full cooperation, oversight, and coordination with local, state, and federal authorities, including the US Coast Guard, the Texas Land Office, and the Port Authority of Corpus Christi, who have all provided assistance,” the release reads. the company said in a statement.

It also works with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to respond to reports of affected wildlife.

The cause of the December 24 incident is still under investigation.

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