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Oil Spill Shuts New Orleans Port & Mississippi River

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A 25-mile stretch of the Mississippi near New Orleans remained closed Monday after two vessels collided and caused an oil spill on Saturday, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The Lindsay Ann Erickson crashed with the Hannah C. Settoon, which was pushing two barges carrying barrels of light crude oil that spilled into the river, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Bill Colclough told NBC News.

The Coast Guard estimated that 31,500 gallons of light crude oil escaped into the river, originally forcing officials to shut down 65 miles of the river. The source of the spill was secured early Sunday, according to the Coast Guard.

The vessel crash happened in foggy conditions, about 30 miles west of New Orleans, according to NBC affiliate, WDSU.

On Monday, cleanup and shoreline assessments kept the oil-glazed area closed, Colclough said. A helicopter would possibly monitor the situation later in the day, and the Toxicology Department was monitoring the air for pollution threats, the Coast Guard said.

No injuries were reported, the local water supply remained safe and there were no reports of oiled wildlife, the Coast Guard said.

“Our highest priorities in this response are the safety of the public and responders, and protection of the environment,” said Coast Guard Cmdr. Rebecca Ore.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

— Elisha Fieldstadt
Image: Gerald Herbert / AP
In this aerial photo, river traffic is halted along the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Vacherie, La., due to a barge leaking oil in St. James Parish, La., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. The collision happened Saturday afternoon near Vacherie.
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5 Comments on "Oil Spill Shuts New Orleans Port & Mississippi River"

  1. Kenz300 on Mon, 24th Feb 2014 7:49 pm 

    Oil spills, coal ash pond leaks, nuclear waste and radiation……..

    Wind and solar are safer, cleaner and cheaper ways to produce energy.

  2. J-Gav on Mon, 24th Feb 2014 11:08 pm 

    Yeah, Kenz,this is likely to be a pretty depressing litany, and while I share your enthusiasm for solar and wind, I don’t see them as the panacea that you do.

  3. Davy, Hermann, MO on Tue, 25th Feb 2014 12:27 am 

    @Kenz300 Oil spills, coal ash pond leaks, nuclear waste and radiation……..

    All of the above had a part to play in all the renewables ever made. I know of no renewable made by a renewable and with sustainable locally grown organic substances.

  4. TIKIMAN on Tue, 25th Feb 2014 12:20 pm 

    Kenz300 –

    Looks like we all know who you voted for in the last election..

    It is still vastly cheaper to produce energy from fossil fuels than it is from “renewables”

    So you hate oil? Well start riding your bike everyday.

    Hate coal? Start living by candle light each night.

    The bottom line is there is no investments in renewables becuase they are way too expenseive for the energy return on investment. Pretty simple there chump.

  5. Simon on Tue, 25th Feb 2014 1:01 pm 

    The bottom line is there is no investments in renewables becuase they are way too expenseive for the energy return on investment. Pretty simple there chump.

    I believe you mean the rate of financial return is not attractive enough.

    Nothing to do with EROEI

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