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Report: No oil in water near tugboat collision in southern Louisiana

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 12:00am

Even though the fire from last night’s tug boat collision and subsequent oil spill continues to burn near New Orleans, there is good news.

The fire is about 30 percent smaller, and there are no reports of oil in the water.

Initial reports stated there was an oil sheen after the tug boat struck an underwater pipeline, but experts say that was ash from the burn.

More than 2,000 barrels of crude oil remain on board the barge.

Several agencies are on-site to respond to any possible spill or danger.

Three men were aboard the board; the captain of the tug boat suffered serious burns over most of his body. He'll be transferred to Baton Rouge for treatment once he's stabilized.



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