Most gas spilled by Har­vey con­sid­ered un­re­cov­er­able

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - NATION - By Matthew Brown The As­so­ci­ated Press

Less than 20 per­cent of a 461,000-gal­lon gaso­line spill in Texas dur­ing Hur­ri­cane Har­vey was re­cov­ered by the com­pany re­spon­si­ble, while the rest evap­o­rated or soaked into the ground, a U.S. Coast Guard of­fi­cial said Thurs­day.

Only a mi­nor amount of the spill ap­peared to have es­caped the Mag­el­lan Mid­stream Part­ners stor­age tank farm in the Hous­ton sub­urb of Galena Park, said Coast Guard Lt. Com­man­der Jarod Toczko. It’s the largest spill re­ported to date from the storm that made land­fall in Texas last month.

The Ok­la­homa-based com­pany re­ported re­cov­er­ing about 2,000 bar­rels, or 84,000 gal­lons, of gaso­line in the days af­ter the Aug. 31 spill, Toczko said. It’s un­known how much of the fuel evap­o­rated and how much seeped into the ground.

Gaso­line is more volatile than oil, mean­ing it evap­o­rates more quickly af­ter it’s spilled. It’s also more likely to catch fire and can more rapidly pen­e­trate the soil and po­ten­tially con­tam­i­nate ground­wa­ter.

Mag­el­lan spokesman Bruce Heine said a cleanup of con­tam­i­nated soil at the com­pany’s fa­cil­ity should be com­pleted within a few weeks. He es­ti­mated that less than five gal­lons of fuel reached a small wa­ter­way ad­ja­cent to the com­pany’s prop­erty that drains into the Hous­ton Ship Chan­nel. The rest was con­tained on­site.

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