Cleanup Efforts Continue for Oil Spill in Corpus Christi Bay

Flint Hills Resources Reports Less Oil Material in Impacted Areas

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – Flint Hills Resources (FHR) continues responding to the release of approximately 335 barrels (14,000 gallons) of light crude oil from a pipe failure at its Ingleside crude oil terminal on Saturday, December 24. The U.S. Coast Guard, the Texas General Land Office, and the Port of Corpus Christi Authority continue assisting with the ongoing cleanup efforts.

Flint Hills Resources has provided more than 60,000 feet of boom and 3,000 absorbent pads since the cleanup efforts began. FHR continues monitoring and responding as oil product is spotted but reports they see less oil product each day.

Currently, the active clean up and recovery operations are scaling down; however, crews continue to monitor and make assessments using foot patrols, boats, drones, airplanes and helicopters. Booms remain in the waters around Corpus Christi and Nueces Bays as a precaution until the entire clean up and recovery effort is complete.

FHR reports minimal oil material on the shoreline or in Corpus Christi Bay. All observed material at North Beach has been cleaned up, with no additional material reported. North Beach remains open to the public.

Crews remain poised to respond to any impacted area, including:

  • Near Dock 5 at the Flint Hills Resources Ingleside Crude Oil Terminal
  • The Ship Channel
  • North Beach
  • Indian Point
  • Nueces Bay
  • The Rookery Island
  • Dredge Material Placement Area (DMPA10)

FHR will continue working with marine and wildlife experts as the number of deceased birds is at 13. One turtle was treated for potential exposure.

Residents are encouraged to report any material or oil sheens they observe to the Flint Hills Resources Ingleside Response Center at 361-396-2831. The composition of the oil may resemble yellow “popcorn” or appear to be a small pebble of paraffin or wax. Additionally, a phone number has been set up for claim requests at 1-800-254-1122.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation.