Media Release #23

Unified Command continues clean-up operations at the Intercontinental Terminals Company LLC (ITC) facility, Tucker Bayou and Houston Ship Channel near Deer Park, Texas.

Since March 19, 2019, more than 1,100 federal, state and local first responders, agencies, and environmental cleanup contractors have been on the scene and actively assessing, booming and continuing to remove product from affected areas.

We continue to pump liquid out of tank 80-7 and have less than 6 inches (approximately 1,122 barrels or 47,127 gallons) remaining in the tank. The remaining liquid is mostly water.

ITC operational personnel are currently transferring product from 80-14 and will continue transferring product from tank 80-10 to tank 80-18 until tanks 80-14 and 80-10 are empty.

Tank 80-15 is empty.

We are still pumping product from the ditch using vacuum trucks and hoses. That product is being transferred to tank 100-28. We are still foaming the tank farm hourly to maintain a 2-foot level of foam.

We continue to monitor air and water quality. Updates are available on ITC’s web page (, as well as those of the responding agencies.

The Coast Guard Captain of the Port opened the San Jacinto River to allow for vessel traffic during daylight hours only. The Houston Ship Channel remains closed to traffic between Tucker Bayou and HSC Light 116 with the exception of coordinated vessel movement by the Coast Guard and closed for cargo operations from HSC Light 139 to HSC Light 129.

Tucker Bayou and the water adjacent ITC piers remain the primary impacted areas and the product is contained within booming. Overflights confirmed as of 1:30 p.m. on Sunday that the western leading edge of the product is located at Patrick Bayou and the eastern leading edge is at Old River, with pockets of additional product in the vicinity of Lynchburg Ferry and San Jacinto Port.

Booms have been deployed, covering Tucker Bayou, the ITC docks, Patrick Bayou, Old River, Carpenter Bayou, Battleship Texas, Santa Ana Bayou, the western shore of the mouth of the San Jacinto River, and the oyster beds located in Burnett Bay.

Incident Summary:

Response Assets:

  • Personnel assigned: 611
  • Fire-fighting/rescue equipment: 64
  • Product removal vehicles: 20
  • Boom deployed: 27,000 feet
  • Aircraft: 5

Skimmers have recovered more than 30,952 barrels of oil water mixture as cleanup crews work 24 hours a day.

Recovered material:

  • Oily water mixture: 30,952 barrels removed from the water
  • Pyrolysis gasoline (or Pygas) 12,647 barrels removed from tank 80-7

Our major goals for the next 24 hours:

  • Continue to protect and remediate environmentally sensitive areas including waterways, marshes and land. Place additional boom across Tucker Bayou.
  • Continue operations to remove product from tanks in the affected area while maintaining an appropriate foam barrier for vapor suppression and to mitigate any re-ignition potential.

Key Phone Numbers:

  • Claims Hotline: 346-263-9766 — Please note this is the correct Claims Hotline number.

For more information contact:

Joint Information Center (JIC):

(832) 780-6739

JIC hours:

  • As of Monday, March 25, 2019:  6 a.m. – 8 p.m. (7 days a week)