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.

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.

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