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Oil spill hearing shifts to role of channel traffic controllers - The Galveston County Daily News : Local News

July 23, 2014

Oil spill hearing shifts to role of channel traffic controllers

Posted: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 1:04 pm | Updated: 1:09 pm, Wed Jun 4, 2014.

One of the Coast Guard’s watchstanders on duty the day a collision in the Houston Ship Channel spilled more that 168,000 gallons of oil into Galveston Bay, said that he believed that the service used to monitor traffic within the traffic is adequately staffed.

Petty Officer Jeremy Estes said that one watchstander is responsible for monitoring eight screens displaying ship traffic in the sector of channel where the collision, between the tanker Summer Wind and oil barges towed by the tugboat Miss Susan, happened on March 22.

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