U.S. authorities are planning inspection flights over the Houston Ship Channel, home to 11 percent of the nation’s refining capacity, as the waterway remains closed for a fourth day.
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The operator of the bulk carrier that collided with a barge carrying fuel oil in the Houston Ship Channel was on probation for a 2011 federal pollution violation.
The Houston Ship Channel , which links the Gulf of Mexico to the city’s oil refineries, is closed because of fog, an official at Houston Pilots said.
Houston Ship Channel pilots halted boarding inbound and outbound vessels overnight after fog reduced visibility on the approach to the largest U.S. petroleum port, according to the Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service.