The Houston Ship Channel was closed after a barge collided with a docked vessel, causing 23,000 gallons of fuel to be released into the channel. The channel was later reopened. The barge was carrying more than one million gallons of naptha. Naptha is a very volatile, toxic, flammable liquid. About 500 barrels of naptha spilled into the water before the leak was able to be stopped.
After the spill, crews put booms around the barge to help contain the fluid. Experts believe that most of the liquid will evaporate on its own. If inhaled, naptha can cause breathing problems, so people in a Chevron plant nearby were told to stay in the facility until they were told it was safe. The Coast Guard is investigating the incident.
Fortunately, no one was hurt and no major damage appears to have been done. The oil industry can be dangerous for workers and those who live nearby. If an oil company’s negligence causes another party to be injured physically or financially, the oil company is liable for those damages. Damages can include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Family members of those injured may qualify for compensation as well.
If you have been injured by an oil company, either as an employee or a member of the public, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. You can also learn more about our firm on Google Plus.