Shrimp Boats Sunk by Harvey Leaking Fuel Oil in Texas Harbor

Fuel oil has been leaking from shrimp trawlers that sank in the Aransas Pass harbor during Hurricane Harvey.

That has prompted the Aransas Pass harbor master to close the boat launch at Redfish Bay Boat House until the vessels can be salvaged and the oil spill cleaned up.

Harbor Master Chuck West tells the Corpus Christi Caller-Times that five of the nine sunken vessels, but two of the four remaining vessels are responsible for the leaks. West says the two leaking vessels aren't insured.

Crews from the Texas General Land Office have surrounded the leaking vessels with booms in an effort to contain the spill and are bringing in a crane to remove the uninsured vessels.

West said it's unclear when the launch might resume.

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