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Oil Spill: Port of Houston prepares to reopen; ferry service limited

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There is movement in the Houston Ship channel. Barges are being allowed to move within the channel but not leave or exit.

More than 100 vessels remain either waiting to enter or leave the Port of Houston

The clean up from Saturday's oil spill remains a round the clock operation for several federal and state agencies.

168,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled after a shipping vessel ran into a oil hauling barge in thick fog.

At 7 a.m. Tuesday morning limited ferry service resumed from Galveston and Bolivar Peninsula, 3 days after an oil spill halted service.

The ferry will now run during daylight hours only from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Department of Transportation says the decision on whether the ferry service will run will be a day to day decision until the clean up is complete.

The free ferries haul thousands of vehicles and passengers daily from State Highway 87.  The alternate route, is a long one.  A two hour commute through the city of Houston.

For a list of the ferry schedules that run click on the link below.

Ferry Schedule

 

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