September 2, 2005

Major oil spill seen on Mississippi River-officials

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Louisiana officials said they spotted
a major oil spill from two storage tanks near the town of
Venice on the Mississippi River on Friday.

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality said a
flyover revealed a leak from tanks capable of holding 2 million
barrels of fuel.

"There is oil leaking, but we don't have access to the
area," said Jean Kelly, spokeswoman for the agency, adding that
Homeland Security officials are restricting access.

No further details were available.

Coast Guard officials in St. Louis said they were looking
into the report but that their priority was search and rescue
in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.