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Sawtooth Oil Spill - UCGPE24602

Site Contact:
Anish Patel


Site Location:
Texas City, TX 77510
NRC#: 1387593

Around 4:00 PM on December 26, 2023, EPA received a National Response Center report of an oil discharge from a Sawtooth oil-water separator in Texas City, Galveston County, Texas 77510. State and local agencies originally responded and later asked for federal assistance to respond and assess the situation.

EPA staff and contractors arrived on-site at 7:00 AM on December 27, 2023. EPA is coordinating with the responsible party Sawtooth Oil and Gas (RP), Texas City Emergency Management, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), Texas Railroad Commission (RRC), Texas General Land Office (TGLO), and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). EPA is providing oversight of the response efforts and community air monitoring. EPA has also notified the local Poison Center for situational awareness. 

The incident is within EPA’s area of responsibility and EPA is the lead agency. Within a 1-mile radius there is a population of 179 people with three Environmental Justice indexes above the 80%.


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