Members of the public are discouraged from accessing south
Matagorda Island until the command announces that response
operations are complete, the agency said.
The channel was shut on Saturday when a Kirby Inland Marine fuel
oil barge collided with a cargo ship near the entrance to
Galveston Bay, spilling 4,000 barrels, or 168,000 gallons
(636,000 liters), of heavy, black fuel oil.
All restrictions on marine traffic through the channel, a
critical waterway for U.S. oil shipments, were lifted on
Thursday, five days after the spill, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
(Reporting by Shruti Chaturvedi in Bangalore)
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