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Mississippi River closed [from New Orleans] to Gulf of Mexico
The Times-Picayune ^ | 7-24-08 | Ramon Antonio Vargas

Posted on 07/24/2008 8:48:29 AM PDT by SeafoodGumbo

Eliot Kamenitz / The Times-PicayuneWorkers along the Mississippi River try to contain the hundreds of thousands of gallons of fuel oil from a barge and ship collision on Wednesday. The river is now closed to the Gulf of Mexico.

The massive oil spill that remains a major threat to the area's fragile delta ecosystem now stretches from New Orleans to the mouth of the Mississippi River -- a distance of 100 miles, Coast Guard officials said early Thursday.

(Excerpt) Read more at nola.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: energy; environment; mississippiriver; oilspill; transportation

1 posted on 07/24/2008 8:48:29 AM PDT by SeafoodGumbo
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To: rrstar96

For your ping list...


2 posted on 07/24/2008 8:49:15 AM PDT by SeafoodGumbo
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To: SeafoodGumbo

Maybe they’ll fine those at fault like they did for the Valdez spill. /s


3 posted on 07/24/2008 8:49:37 AM PDT by TheZMan (Bitter backwoods east Texan Christian gun clinger with the AC at 72 degrees.)
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To: TheZMan

I swear the way events are conspiring to bring Obama to the White House, it reminds me of the fortune teller and the Reich Chancellor. God moves in mysterious ways...


4 posted on 07/24/2008 8:50:40 AM PDT by johnnycap
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To: SeafoodGumbo

Earlier discussion about the spill.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2050143/posts


5 posted on 07/24/2008 8:52:21 AM PDT by BGHater (It is easy to be brave from a distance.)
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To: SeafoodGumbo

Just another example of oil trying to find it’s way back home.


6 posted on 07/24/2008 8:53:12 AM PDT by UCANSEE2
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To: SeafoodGumbo

I thought New Orleans was at the point the Mississippi river emptied into the Gulf of Mexico. I don’t understand the reference to 100 miles here.


7 posted on 07/24/2008 8:54:08 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Oh my coolaide has a fist name, it's B A R A K, my coolaide has a second name it's J U A N Y...)
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To: SeafoodGumbo
Interesting:

The double-hulled tanker Tintomara was shipping about 4.2 million gallons (15.9 million liters) of bio-diesel to Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and 1.3 million gallons (4.9 million liters) of styrene to Hamburg, Germany.

http://www.efluxmedia.com/news_Tugboat_Tanker_Collision_Closes_Mississippi_River_at_New_Orleans_20815.html

Note: not the leaking vessel. The tanker hit the barge. The crash was very powerful causing the barge to split in half, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Jaclyn Young. The barge was loaded with fuel oil and more than 419,000 gallons (1.5 million liters) of the substance spilled, said Lt. Cdr. Cheri Ben-Iesau, a Coast Guard spokeswoman

8 posted on 07/24/2008 8:54:42 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: SeafoodGumbo

Looks like the tug was being operated by someone with an apprentice license, not a captain’s license. No captain aboard, and from what I’ve read, it’s mandatory one is there.

It is also the second crash this month by this tow company.


9 posted on 07/24/2008 8:59:08 AM PDT by Dasaji (The U.S.A. is the Land of Opportunity and you've got 50 states to do it in!)
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To: TheZMan

ExxonMobil paid over $3.4 billion as a result of the accident, including compensatory payments, cleanup payments, settlements and fines in addition to the Supreme Courts ruling of $507.5 million punitive damages award, a maximum amount equal to the total relevant compensatory damages


10 posted on 07/24/2008 8:59:30 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney
I'm feeling mighty aggrieved over this spill - how do I sign up?
11 posted on 07/24/2008 9:02:00 AM PDT by ninonitti
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To: SeafoodGumbo

“The massive oil spill that remains a major threat to the area’s fragile delta ecosystem now stretches from New Orleans to the mouth of the Mississippi River — a distance of 100 miles, Coast Guard officials said early Thursday.”

The today’s modern technology for abating oil spills, the vast majority of the damage will be cleaned up before the first “claimant” files a lawsuit, and the “eco-system” will be in major recovery mode by the time that suit goes to trial

The environmental myth is that the “damages” are permanent - they’re not. With our help and some time, mother nature fully recovers.


12 posted on 07/24/2008 9:02:15 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: DoughtyOne

Venice is the last “town” on the Mississippi, but many more miles after that to the Gulf.

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=new+orleans&ie=UTF8&ll=29.51372,-89.590759&spn=1.175954,1.691895&z=9


13 posted on 07/24/2008 9:02:42 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney
4.2 million gallons (15.9 million liters)

Gotta love how they use gallons and liters to make the numbers look bigger...4.2 million gallons is about 55,000 barrels. Granted, the spill is tragic but considering the average VLCC (oil tanker) carries around 2 million barrels this is small potatoes.

14 posted on 07/24/2008 9:04:42 AM PDT by politicalwit (AKA... A Tradition Continues...Now a Hoosier Freeper)
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To: SeafoodGumbo

Just light the damn stuff on fire already.


15 posted on 07/24/2008 9:05:20 AM PDT by Centurion2000 (A citizen using a weapon to shoot a criminal is the ultimate act of independence from government.)
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To: DoughtyOne

No, evidently never been to venus, the end of the world.


16 posted on 07/24/2008 9:07:01 AM PDT by eastforker (Get-R-Done and then Bring-Em- Home)
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To: Centurion2000

No. 6 fuel oil won’t light with a match. It needs to be heated or compressed first.


17 posted on 07/24/2008 9:07:13 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

Thank you. That makes sense. I appreciate the provision of the map.


18 posted on 07/24/2008 9:07:26 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Oh my coolaide has a fist name, it's B A R A K, my coolaide has a second name it's J U A N Y...)
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To: eastforker
Venus?

That's a lot farther away.

< grin >

19 posted on 07/24/2008 9:08:36 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: eastforker

No I haven’t. I should try to get there some day to have a look for myself.


20 posted on 07/24/2008 9:08:49 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Oh my coolaide has a fist name, it's B A R A K, my coolaide has a second name it's J U A N Y...)
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To: eastforker

What thackney said!!


21 posted on 07/24/2008 9:09:19 AM PDT by eastforker (Get-R-Done and then Bring-Em- Home)
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To: DoughtyOne

New Orleans is 100 miles upstream from the mouth of the Mississippi at the Gulf. Mile marker 97 on the Mississippi is in New Orleans. New Orleans does sit near a bay from the Gulf that is between New Orleans and Sliddel but the Mississippi River goes south 100 miles from New Orleans and empties into the Gulf.


22 posted on 07/24/2008 9:13:57 AM PDT by PhiKapMom ( VOTE FOR McCAIN 2008! Support Florida's Gus Bilirakus, FL-9; McCainNow.com; LetsGetThisRight.com)
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To: Wuli

Plus, at $126 a barrel, there is a tremendous economic incentive to get all that oil collected and sold.


23 posted on 07/24/2008 9:14:53 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: SeafoodGumbo
Everyone must need some caffeine....

I predict, sometime in the next 72 hours....someone will say, in an "official" capacity...

It's Bush's fault, had he not signed the document lifting the drill ban, this spill would not have happened.

Shocked it hasn't happened yet....

24 posted on 07/24/2008 9:15:48 AM PDT by NorCoGOP (I'd stick a fork in Hillary, but, that'd be an insult to forks everywhere.)
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To: PhiKapMom

Thanks. I hadn’t realized that before. Another poster linked me to a map and it became clear right away. I appreciate the mention.


25 posted on 07/24/2008 9:16:30 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Oh my coolaide has a fist name, it's B A R A K, my coolaide has a second name it's J U A N Y...)
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To: eastforker

Venice isn’t quite the end of the world, but on a clear day you can see it from there!


26 posted on 07/24/2008 9:18:05 AM PDT by NameOnFile (.....it's only 70 degrees here, where is my global warming?.....)
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To: DoughtyOne

The river extends out into the Gulf of Mexico.

The ocean spreads inland along the river.

Depends on whether your boat is in the Gulf, or on the river.


27 posted on 07/24/2008 9:18:10 AM PDT by UCANSEE2
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To: UCANSEE2

Thanks. Thackney linked me to a map up thread. It became quite clear when I saw that.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2050582/posts?page=13#13

I appreciate the mention.


28 posted on 07/24/2008 9:23:33 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Oh my coolaide has a fist name, it's B A R A K, my coolaide has a second name it's J U A N Y...)
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To: NorCoGOP

I guess this explains McCain cancelling the NO trip and the oil rig deal. Man, if it werent for bad luck, he’ld have no luck at all.


29 posted on 07/24/2008 10:00:58 AM PDT by mouse1 (A vote for McCain is a vote against Osama)
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To: mouse1
I guess this explains McCain cancelling the NO trip and the oil rig deal. Man, if it werent for bad luck, he’ld have no luck at all.

We are assuming this was an accident not some enviro-whacko terrorist plan. I have no proof of this. Just the timing seems odd.

30 posted on 07/24/2008 10:07:39 AM PDT by McGruff ( 'the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, which is my committee' - Barack Obama)
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To: thackney

“of bio-diesel to Rotterdam”

Bio diesel is soybean oil, should be harmless


31 posted on 07/24/2008 10:16:11 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland ("We have to drain the swamp" George Bush, September 2001)
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To: johnnycap

I swear the way events are conspiring to bring Obama to the White House, it reminds me of the fortune teller and the Reich Chancellor. God moves in mysterious ways...

I am thinking the same thing. The water in Metairie, a suberb of New Orleans is fine so far. We also have the technology to clean up a spill in a fair amount of time. But, this is just fodder for the greenies/leftists. Couldn’t have come at a worse time.


32 posted on 07/24/2008 10:25:35 AM PDT by Bitsy
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To: HereInTheHeartland

Biodiesel wasn’t spilled. As I posted, that wasn’t the spill. The tanker carrying biodiesel had little damage. But it split in half a barge carrying No 6 fuel oil, heavy petroleum.


33 posted on 07/24/2008 10:43:34 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Dasaji

“Looks like the tug was being operated by someone with an apprentice license, not a captain’s license. No captain aboard, and from what I’ve read, it’s mandatory one is there.”

A couple years ago I read the message boards on nola.com pretty regularly. This was such a problem they had an entire board dedicated to tug boat operators.


34 posted on 07/24/2008 11:42:18 AM PDT by smalltownslick
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To: lsucat; Roux; Pikachu_Dad; WFTR; chemicalman; abb; Liberty911; CajunConservative; LSUfan; ...

Pelican State ping


35 posted on 07/24/2008 12:43:20 PM PDT by rrstar96 (Strength and Honor!)
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To: SeafoodGumbo
"a major threat to the area's fragile delta ecosystem"

Has a liberal (or for that matter, a journalist) ever found an ecosystems that isn't "fragile"?

Heck, they would call the ecosystem in the worst part of my town fragile.

36 posted on 07/24/2008 6:41:09 PM PDT by tom h
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