Monday, July 28, 2008

More ships slowly navigate oil spill zone in Mississippi River

More ships are moving through the Mississippi River's 100-mile spill zone, but a Coast Guard security order remains in place, requiring vessels to travel slowly and only with permission, a Coast Guard official said Sunday.

Although the oil-removal process remains slow, the crippled barge that may have spilled more than 400,000 gallons of fuel oil into the river Wednesday could be removed as early as tonight, said Coast Guard Capt. Lincoln Stroh, who controls shipping on the river as captain for the Port of New Orleans. And inspection crews will begin traveling the shoreline today to assess the extent of the cleanup.

Today, state and federal teams traveling by boat, plane and all-terrain vehicle will scientifically assess areas that need cleaning, said Roland Guidry, who heads the Louisiana oil-spill coordinator's office. The teams will begin upriver and travel down, he said.

Listed below is the web-site that has been set-up regarding the Mississippi River oil spill incident.

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