Posted: Mar 24, 2014 3:08 PM
Updated: Mar 24, 2014 3:10 PM
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) U.S. Coast Guard officials say they're trying to resume barge traffic in and out of one of the nation's busiest seaports as quickly as possible after an oil spill.
How quickly that will happen is unclear, with cleanup efforts continuing in and around Galveston Bay.
The Coast Guard did not rule out reopening the Houston Ship Channel on Monday. But it said further tests are necessary to confirm the water and the vessels traveling through it were free of oil.
A collision between a barge and a ship Saturday spilled as much as 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil into the waters south of Houston.
The closure stranded about 80 vessels on either side of the channel.
Officials believe most of the oil is drifting into the Gulf of Mexico.