Oil Still Leaking Into Miss. River

By Ross Adams

   Almost a week after an oil spill shut down the Mississippi River in Vicksburg, the cleanup operation continues. 

   The U.S. Coast Guard tells us southbound vessels are permitted to pass by the clean-up site during the day, and river traffic heading north can travel at night.

   More than 8,400 gallons of oily water has already been recovered since the spill last weekend.

   The spill occurred when a tug boat transporting two barges with more than a million and a half gallons of crude oil struck the railroad bridge in Vicksburg early Sunday morning.

   While say most of the fuel from the initial spill has been recovered, authorities tell us the tank on the damaged barge is still leaking.

   The Coast Guard says the Alabama-based owner of the damaged barge has to foot the bill for the oil spill cleanup. 


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