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Oil spill closes part of Miss. River in Louisiana

1 year ago Sunday, February 23, 2014 3:15:45 PM CST February 23, 2014 Sunday, February 23 2014 Feb 23, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard says a 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River is closed until further notice while crews clean up oil from a barge that hit a towboat between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

The collision happened Saturday afternoon near Vacherie , 47 miles west of New Orleans. In nearby St. Charles Parish, officials say public drinking water intakes on the river are closed as a precaution.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Bill Colclough says the barge was one of two loaded with light crude being pushed by the Hannah C. Settoon. He says it hit the Lindsay Ann Erickson, which was pushing grain barges.

Colclough says nobody was hurt and all barges remained secured.

Colclough says officials don't know how much oil spilled, but only a sheen of oil is reported on the river.

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