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Coast Guard continues to clean spill on Mississippi River

Monday, February 7, 2011 - 2:57pm

PORT ALLEN, La (FOX44) – The U.S. Coast Guard spent Superbowl Sunday cleaning up 2,100 gallons of oil that spilled into the Mississippi River.

A towing vessel rammed into a barge in West Baton Rouge around 5 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 6. Tar balls, many the size of baseballs, are being collected in the cleanup effort.

The good news is that crews say the spill is under control, however, the clean up could take several days. Oil Mop is the company put in charge of cleaning, and the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund has been opened for the remaining days of cleanup.

The cause of the collision is still under investigation.


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