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Cleanup of oil spill underway in Galveston Bay; size, environmental impact still unknown

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    Portion of a barge is submerged after it collided with a ship in the Houston Ship Channel Saturday March 22, 2014. The barge is carrying 924,000 gallons heavy fuel oil and is leaking. The barge was being towed from Texas City to Bolivar at the time. Kirby Inland Marine, owner of the tow vessel Miss Susan and the barge, is working with the Coast Guard and Texas General Land Office at the scene, according to the Coast Guard. (AP Photo/The Daily News, Neal Mora)

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    Environmental personnel drive onto the Texas City Dike with oil containment booms for oil remediation following a barge collision in the ship channel, causing an oil spill Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Houston. The barge carried 924,000 gallons of fuel oil. (AP Photo/ Houston Chronicle, Brett Coomer)

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    In this image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard a barge loaded with marine fuel oil sits partially submerged in the Houston Ship Channel, Saturday March 22, 2014. The bulk carrier Summer Wind, reported a collision between the Summer Wind and a barge, containing 924,000 gallons of fuel oil, towed by the motor vessel Miss Susan. The barge collided with a ship in Galveston Bay on Saturday, leaking an unknown amount of the fuel into the popular bird habitat as the peak of the migratory shorebird season was approaching. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, PO3 Manda Emery)

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    A response boat heads to the scene of a collision between a ship and barge in the ship channel near the Texas City Dike on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Two workers on one of the vessels were exposed to hydrogen sulfide and decontaminated by the first department at the end of the dike.(AP Photo/The Galveston County Daily News, Neal Mora)

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    A barge loaded with marine fuel oil sits partially submerged in the Houston Ship Channel, March 22, 2014. The bulk carrier Summer Wind, reported a collision between the Summer Wind and the barge, containing 924,000 gallons of fuel oil. The barge collided with a ship in Galveston Bay on Saturday, leaking an unknown amount of the fuel into the popular bird habitat as the peak of the migratory shorebird season was approaching. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, PO3 Manda Emery)

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    Portion of a barge is submerged after it collided with a ship in the Houston Ship Channel Saturday March 22, 2014. The barge is carrying 924,000 gallons heavy fuel oil and is leaking. The barge was being towed from Texas City to Bolivar at the time. Kirby Inland Marine, owner of the tow vessel Miss Susan and the barge, is working with the Coast Guard and Texas General Land Office at the scene, according to the Coast Guard. (AP Photo/The Daily News, Neal Mora)

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TEXAS CITY, Texas — Cleanup efforts have begun after a barge carrying nearly a million gallons of thick, sticky oil collided with a ship in Galveston Bay.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Andy Kendrick said Sunday morning that skimmers are recovering the oil that spilled in Saturday’s collision and a boom is in place to protect environmentally sensitive areas.

Kendrick said the remaining oil is being moved off of the damaged barge.

He said officials still believe that just one of the barge’s tanks was breached. That tank had a capacity of 168,000 gallons.

Kendrick said it isn’t clear how much oil spilled into the bay.

There have been no reports of impact on wildlife. The bay is a popular bird habitat and the peak of migratory shorebird season is approaching.

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