NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Crews are halfway through removing what's
left of a barge that spilled oil into the Mississippi River last
month, restricting traffic on the commercial artery for several
The barge was cut in two on July 23 by a tanker. The Coast Guard
says the bow section was removed Saturday. Divers will work through
the night to further stabilize the stern. Work could begin Sunday
on removing the rest of the barge.
The two pieces of the barge had been resting against the
Crescent City Connection - a bridge linking the east and west banks
of New Orleans. The bow section has been put on a docked barge.
An undetermined amount of oil was spilled Saturday - but the
Coast Guard had nine skimming vessels standing by that quickly
cleaned it up.