Workers clean up the beach on Matagorda Island following the Texas City "Y" spill. (U.S. Coast Guard)

Texas City "Y" Oil Spill

On March 22, 2014, the bulk carrier M/V Summer Wind collided with the oil tank-barge Kirby 27706. The incident occurred in Galveston Bay near Texas City, Texas, and resulted in the barge spilling approximately 168,000 gallons of intermediate fuel oil. During the spill response, NOAA provided scientific support to the U.S. Coast Guard, including forecasts of the floating oil movement, shoreline assessment, information management, overflight tracking of the oil, weather forecasts, and natural and economic resources at risk. Natural resource damage assessment personnel also initiated studies that could be used to identify injured resource and restoration needs.