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Coast Guard: Tanker spills fuel oil on Miss. River

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Posted: Apr 10, 2012 2:31 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Tanker, Spills, Oil, River

NEW ORLEANS - Authorities say there are no signs of shoreline or wildlife being affected by the discharge of fuel oil from a tanker on the Mississippi River.

The Coast Guard said the discharge from a ballast pipe on the tanker Overseas Beryl was reported shortly after 10 p.m. Monday and it was plugged around 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Cleanup has begun at the site about 10 miles downriver from New Orleans.

Overseas Shipbuilding Group Inc., which has been named the responsible party, said about 50 gallons of fuel oil spilled. The Coast Guard could not confirm that amount - but said a light sheen extended about 29 miles downriver from the initial cleanup site.

The Coast Guard issued a safety advisory to mariners and the waterway remains open.

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