Latest New Orleans oil spill Stories

2008-07-30 15:00:41

Mississippi River traffic has reopened but authorities say discovery of more oil spill near Louisiana's Gulf of Mexico coast could complicate cleanup efforts. Dredging operations needed to maintain navigational channels were halted after the Army Corps of Engineers found oil had mixed with river bottom mud, The Times-Picayune reported Tuesday in New Orleans. Finding an environmentally sensitive way to deal with the polluted sediment may complicate commercial activity on the river. It's a...

2008-07-29 03:01:02

NEW ORLEANS - Several dozen ships and hundreds of barges are waiting to be cleaned before they can leave the area where a massive oil spill closed down part of the Mississippi River at New Orleans, a Coast Guard official said Sunday. By Sunday morning, 18 vessels stranded by Wednesday's spill were cleaned and allowed to travel to their destinations. The Coast Guard also allowed 10 ships to enter the river from the Gulf of Mexico and five ships to go from the river north of the...

2008-07-29 00:00:26

By Janet McConnaughey NEW ORLEANS - A large fuel spill that shut down the mouth of the Mississippi River for four days has had a limited impact on wildlife so far, but officials are worried about fragile wetlands downstream. Almost 800 cleanup workers used containment booms, vacuum skimmers and other equipment Saturday to continue scrubbing oil- coated riverbanks along a 100-mile stretch of the nation's busiest inland waterway. A tanker and a barge collided early Wednesday, spilling...

2008-07-28 15:00:35

Maritime officials say a crippled barge that spilled 400,000 gallons of fuel oil into the Mississippi River at New Orleans could be removed soon. The collision between a Liberian-flagged tanker and the barge Wednesday created a massive ship traffic jam on the vital commercial waterway, as well as a 100-mile oil spill. Officials said Sunday the river is slowly being opened up to more traffic as the oil-removal project proceeds, the New Orleans Times Picayune reported. Test ships showed...

2008-07-28 15:00:35

Workers are using booms to contain a fuel oil spill in the Mississippi River at New Orleans. The Coast Guard reopened the river to limited traffic as the cleanup continued Saturday. The spill was caused by Wednesday's collision of a tanker and a barge, which released about 419,000 gallons of fuel oil from the barge. *** (c) 2008 Record, The; Bergen County, N.J.. Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.

2008-07-26 12:00:00

NEW ORLEANS -- Ships began crawling up the Mississippi River at New Orleans in a tightly controlled procession Friday, two days after a massive oil spill shut down a stretch of one of the nation's most critical commercial arteries. The pecking order was based on Coast Guard determination of the economic importance of the ships' cargo, and the pace was slowed by a scrubbing process to remove oil from each hull. A ship carrying refinery-bound oil was the first to get the go-ahead. With more...

2008-07-26 09:00:27

Shipping traffic on the Mississippi River was partially flowing again in New Orleans Saturday as officials worked to clean up a massive oil spill. The U.S. Coast Guard began allowing some traffic to pass down the river Friday and said the worst effects of the oil spill were being contained by booms, absorbent collection rings, placed north of the ecologically fragile Mississippi delta wetlands, The New Orleans Times Picayune reported. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Friday said the Algiers...

2008-07-24 15:00:39

A catastrophic oil spill resulting from a tanker collision stretched about 100 miles from New Orleans to the mouth of the Mississippi River, officials say. The U.S. Coast Guard has closed the river from mile marker 97 to the Gulf of Mexico as crews begin cleanup efforts. Meanwhile, at least 90 deep-water vessels remained stalled by the thick, smelly sheen, with costs mounting during the closure which could last for days or even weeks, The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported Thursday. As...

2008-07-23 16:52:59

U.S. Coast Guard officials were forced to close a 29-mile stretch of waterway around New Orleans on Wednesday when a chemical tanker collided with a fuel barge on the Mississippi River resulting in a spill of over 400,000 gallons of fuel oil. Waterways between Mile Marker 99, near the Harvey Canal, and Mile Marker 70, downstream from New Orleans remained closed as of 3:00 p.m. Vessel traffic was halted after the 1:30 a.m. CDT (2:30 a.m. EDT) collision in which the MV Tintomara cut in half an...

2006-02-13 13:18:29

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard said on Monday a heavy fuel oil spill from a Chevron facility in New York Harbor closed vessel traffic in waters near Staten Island. The spill happened during a transfer of about 1.5 million gallons of heavy fuel oil from a barge to the facility in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, the Coast Guard said. Chevron has assumed responsibility for the spill, the Coast Guard said in a statement. It was not known how much oil spilled into the water.

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