Oil Spill on the Mississippi




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Originally uploaded by Thomas Roche

Apparently there’s an 80 mile oil slick on the Mississippi river… why isn’t it on the front page of CNN or Fox News? It is, however, on Yahoo, and this from NOLA.com:

Oil slick covers 80 miles of Mississippi River
by Chris Kirkham and Ramon Antonio Vargas, The Times-Picayune Wednesday July 23, 2008, 9:07 PM

Crews continued to work overnight Wednesday to corral a huge oil spill on the Mississippi River that now stretches more than 80 miles below New Orleans and threatens the fragile delta ecosystem. Government officials, meanwhile, are scrambling to bolster water supplies downriver from the spill and some anticipate possibly having to truck in water.

More than 400,000 gallons of thick industrial fuel oil spilled just upriver from the Crescent City Connection in the collision early Wednesday morning between a tanker and a barge being pulled by a tugboat. The oil spill, the largest on the Mississippi River in the New Orleans area in nearly a decade, halted shipping traffic on one of the nation’s busiest waterways.

The Coast Guard, which is investigating the incident, has released few details, but confirmed that none of the tugboat’s crew had the proper licenses to operate on the river. Neither the tug operator’s name nor the name of the river pilot aboard the tanker has been released.

In addition to the Coast Guard, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Mark V. Rosenker and a six-person team of safety investigators arrived in New Orleans late Wednesday to investigate the collision.

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