Houston ship channel reopened after petrochemical leakChristian Fernsby ▼ | March 26, 2019
The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday reopened portions of the Houston Ship Channel with restrictions on waterways affected by the petrochemical leak outside Houston that has disrupted ship traffic.
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In a midday announcement, the Coast Guard said it is allowing daytime transits only through the ship channel, which connects the port of Houston to the Gulf of Mexico and is home to nine refineries.
"Vessels currently in the contaminated area are not authorized to depart until decontamination is complete," the Coast Guard said in a statement. It also required vessels to keep a 40-minute distance between each other. ■