[Watch] 4,200 Gallons of Oil Fuel Spilled in Mississippi River

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On April 12, nearly 4,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Mississippi River after the vessel hit a pier in New Orleans.

What happened?

The Singapore-flagged vessel ‘Pac Antares’ struck the pier in New Orleans.

The vessel started leaking diesel oil into the river after collision with the pier.

Spill area assessed

An estimated 4,200 gallons of oil fuel was spilled, investigators said.

Coast Guard officials believe the leak has been plugged. Crews are assessing the affected area and have established a command post to coordinate efforts.

Efforts to contain oil boom

Environmental teams have deployed containment boom, sorbent boom and pads around the spill to contain and collect oil, officials said. Coast Guard officials said a skimmer has been deployed at the site to collect the oil off the surface and four additional skimmers are en route.

Investigators said the vessel has been moored at Nashville Avenue Wharf.

The Mississippi River is closed between mile markers 91 and 101.

Investigation initiated

Coast Guard officials are investigating the incident, along with several other agencies. Officials previously said the substance that spilled was diesel fuel, but in an update referred to the substance only as oil and no injuries were reported.

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Source: WDSU