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Coast Guard reopens lower section of Mississippi River after oil spill

Posted by on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 @ 1:00 pm.

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February 25, 2014

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Most of a busy 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River has been reopened after an oil spill, the result of a collision between a barge and a smaller vessel, forced its closure over the weekend to all water traffic.

As cleanup crews continue to work on the spill, the US Coast Guard said that approximately 31,500 gallons of light crude oil had leaked into the river. Speaking to the Associated Press, Coast Guard Petty Officer Bill Colclough said only a sheen of oil was reported after the collision near Vacherie, Louisiana, almost 50 miles away from New Orleans by land.

About 30 vessels were waiting to ass through the normally busy stretch when officials announced Monday afternoon that 40 of the 65 affected miles would be reopened.

Colclough added that no injures were reported as a result of the accident, all the barges involved had been secured, and that an investigation concerning the cause of the collision was underway. The Coast Guard said that no wildlife is known to have been impacted by the spill and that two cruise ships were allowed to pass through the otherwise closed waterway en route to the Gulf of Mexico.

Cruise ships are generally given priority because their `cargo’ is very valuable to all,” one Coast Guard official wrote in an email to the AP. He wrote later: “And there are very few cruise ships as opposed to cargo ships.”

The spill first began seeping into the river Saturday afternoon. when a tank barge being pushed by the towboat Hannah C. Settoon slammed into another towboat.

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