Texas International Terminals, which unloads about 1 million barrels of oil a month, cleaned up a 200-barrel spill of Cima Energy Ltd. crude from a rail car, according to a company official.
“It didn’t take very long, we had men out there immediately,” said Matt Haidinyak, director of marine traffic at the terminal in Galveston, Texas. “It didn’t slow us down at all.”
Previous renters of the rail car didn’t close a belly valve, which caused the spill yesterday, Haidinyak said in a telephone interview.
The incident at 2:45 p.m. local time was reported to the National Response Center. U.S. companies must notify the center if they release hazardous substances in excess of reportable quantities, according to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, commonly known as Superfund.