Barge that polluted river being removed

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

days.

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.

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