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Mississippi River closed for 65 miles after oil spill
Mississippi River closed for 65 miles after oil spill

NEW ORLEANS — A 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River, including the Port of New Orleans, was closed to all water traffic Sunday as crews cleaned up oil that spilled from a barge after it ran into a towboat between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, the Coast Guard said. Officials don't know how much oil spilled, but only a sheen was reported on the river after the collision, which happened Saturday afternoon near Vacherie, 47 miles west of New Orleans by land, Coast Guard Petty Officer Bill Colclough said. No one was hurt and all barges were secured, Colclough said. By late Sunday afternoon, 16 vessels were waiting to go downriver and 10 vessels were waiting in an upriver queue, he said....

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