League City and the Galveston County Office of Emergency Management
are monitoring air quality in and around the City after a ship collided with two
barges in the Houston Ship Channel around 3:15 p.m. this afternoon, releasing
thousands of barrels of gasoline product into the water.
The crash happened around 3:15 p.m. on Friday, May 10, just
east of Barbours cut. Both barges were carrying about 25,000 barrels of reformate,
which is refined chemical product that is blended with gasoline to boost octane
Residents may notice a “gasoline” smell in the air. Air quality reports are being monitored and at this time, residents do NOT need to take any action and no health risks are indicated.