State Of Texas To Receive $15M+ In Damages From Galveston Bay Oil Spill

FILE - Drilling rigs and workboats operate at the site of the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico Friday, July 16, 2010. Alabama, Florida and Mississippi are receiving more than $103 million in BP oil spill settlement money for new and continued coastal projects. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021 says the 11 new projects and two extensions bring the total to $1.6 billion across the five Gulf states. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

A Houston-based company is ordered to pay the state more than 15-million-dollars for an oil spill in Galveston Bay.  A towboat owned by Kirby Inland Marine collided with a cargo ship in March 2014, resulting in the spill.  The towboat pushed two 300-foot-long oil barges across the Houston Ship Channel into the path of the ship.  One of the barges spilled about 168-thousand-gallons of oil, which caused environmental damage all the way to Padre Island.  The Coast Guard and the state were involved in the cleanup afterward.

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