Health district monitoring local impact of Galveston Bay barge accident

Post Date:05/11/2019 10:38 AM

The Galveston County Health District continues to work with our partners to monitor potential impact of Friday’s Galveston Bay barge accident.

“Some residents are reporting a strong smell of gasoline and there is clearly an odor in the air in some areas of the county. However, air monitoring reports for Galveston County show no toxic levels at this time,” said Galveston County Local Health Authority Dr. Philip Keiser.

Our concern remains for the health and safety of the community. Some residents are reporting a strong smell of gasoline. A gasoline smell does not necessarily mean there is a health hazard or harmful particles in the air.

If you are experiencing the smell of gasoline and are concerned, it is recommended that you use your best judgement, stay inside and contact your healthcare provider.

Symptoms may include coughing, difficulty breathing, headaches, nausea, dizziness and burning, irritation and redness to the skin, eyes, nose and throat. Some members of the community may be more susceptible than others. The elderly, children, pregnant and those with respiratory issues or weakened immune systems may be especially affected.

We recommend you contact your healthcare provider if you experience any symptoms. Pets may also be impacted and experience similar symptoms. If care is needed, please contact your veterinarian.

If you’d like to report strong gasoline odors, please call the 24/7 air monitoring hotline at 281-757-3017.

The Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health is conducting around the clock monitoring in the communities west of Galveston Bay. Air monitoring results are published on the response website at

To speak with someone regarding poison control, please call 800-222-1222.

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