Diesel spill reported in the waters of Port Isabel

Texas General Land Office Photo

Authorities have launched an investigation into the cause of a large diesel fuel spill in the waters of Port Isabel.

It all happened off South Shore Drive just after 7:45 a.m. Monday.

Officials with the Texas General Land Office (GLO) told a tugboat owned by CCM sank discharging an undisclosed amount of diesel into the water.

It TMs still unknown what caused the tugboat to sink but Port Isabel residents told Action 4 News that red fuel has been seen in the waterways on the city's soutside.

The diesel pill is impacting the turning basin in Port Isabel, the South Shore Shell boat ramp and their main facilities.

Officials with the Texas General Land Office are working to contain the spill and clean it up using buoys and other means.

South Shore Shells told Action 4 News they alerted authorities of the spill around 7:45 a.m. this morning.

Both the GLO and the U.S. Coast Guard met with the responsible parties this morning.

Contractors have been on the scene trying to clean up the mess.

Action 4 News will provide more details as they become available.