Oil still leaking from barge with over 600,000 gallons of crude onboard — Experts: Land in Mississippi and Louisiana already contaminated

Published: January 29th, 2013 at 8:58 pm ET
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Title: Mississippi River oil spill: why Yazoo turn is treacherous
Source: The Christian Science Monitor
Author: Mark Guarino,
Date:  January 29, 2013 at ~7:30p ET

A Mississippi River barge that crashed Sunday is still leaking oil. [...]

Oil continued to leak into the Mississippi River Tuesday from a barge containing more than 600,000 gallons of light crude, following an accident that took place early Sunday morning in Vicksburg, Miss.

The US Coast Guard says it has not yet determined how much oil escaped but that skimming operations have captured about 2,300 gallons of oily water mixture and about 7,000 gallons remain unaccounted for. [...]

The Louisiana Environmental Action Network, an advocacy group located in Baton Rouge, La., says that its investigators have determined that oil sheen from the spill has already contaminated the area of land located between the river’s edge and the bluff in Mississippi, and the earthen levee in Louisiana. “It’s contaminated that ecosystem and will have a long-term impact on the sediment,” says Wilma Subra, a chemist with the organization.

See also: Two oil barges slam into bridge on Mississippi River, both heavily damaged -- Coast Guard trying to fix 24-foot gash -- Sheen reported miles away -- "Still leaking Sunday evening" (VIDEO)

Published: January 29th, 2013 at 8:58 pm ET
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