posted on Feb, 20 2004 @ 02:45 PM
A freighter has ran into a 600 ft. oil tanker in the Mississippi River, resulting in 22,000 gallons of oil spilling into the river.
NORCO, La. --
A freight liner ran into an oil tanker moored in the Mississippi River on Friday morning, causing about 22,000 gallons of oil to spill into the water,
the U.S. Coast Guard said.
Originally a 50-mile stretch of the river was closed to cleanup the spill. The spill has now been contained to a 17-mile area of the river now, and
reports are stating that oil has not made it to the shore on either side of the river. The Coast Guards Marine Safety Division in New Orleans is
investigating what caused the 739 ft. freighter to run into the 600 ft. oil tanker. The tanker was reported to have been moored properly and was not
moving at the time.
[Edited on 20-2-2004 by SkepticOverlord]