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Huge Oil Spill On The Mississippi River

Sun Jul 27, 2008 4:25 pm

This happened four days ago, and I did not see it posted.

A tanker broadsided a barge carrying 419,000 gallons of oil under the Crescent City bridge spanning the river in New Orleans around 1:00am on the 23rd. The barge broke in two and got stuck on the piling of the bridge.

So far only a small portion of the spill has been cleaned up and a full opening of the river is not expected to take place for days.

The Coast Guard is now allowing some ships to come up the river but there are over a hundred ships stacked up at the mouth of the river awaiting entry.

A Carnival cruise ship had to divert to Mobile, as well.

Here's a link to a bunch of articles on the spill. Quite a mess to say the least...

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