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Coast Guard: Spill appears contained to 2-mile area

2:49 AM, Jan 24, 2010   |    comments
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PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard says it doesn't expect the crude oil spilled after two ships collided in southeast Texas to spread beyond a two-mile area.
As much as 450,000 gallons of oil may have leaked into the water after an 800-foot tanker and a towing vessel pushing two barges collided Saturday.
But, several local officials say only about 42,000 gallons has spilled. Initial reports suggest none of the oil has affected area marshes or hurt any local wildlife.
But, the Coast Guard says Mother Nature could make things worse, by spreading the oil around. Cleanup is expected to last at least through Sunday. Officials are still working out how to separate the vessels to ensure there's no explosion
Dozens of people near the spill who were evacuated have since been allowed back home.

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