Officials don't know what caused the shift, which has created a 300-foot-long oil sheen on the river's surface. However, they have shut down water intakes serving the Algiers section of New Orleans and the parishes of St. Bernard and Plaquemines as a precautionary measure.
Meanwhile, the Coast Guard has dispatched boom boats to contain the new oil sheen created by the barge's shifting.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Wrecked Barge Leaks Oil Again into Mississippi River
The barge which spilled 400,000 gallons of oil into the Mississippi River after an accident a week ago has shifted, leaking an unknown amount of oil into the river.