I just heard on NPR - "hundreds of thousands" of gallons of biodiesel just spilled, closing 30 miles of riverway , (Mississippi or Missouri) A barge/tanker full of fuel collided with it, cut it in half.
Can you imagine the backed up parade of barges behind them, after the floods shut them down for weeks???
"Bumper-barge" comes to mind.
channel 3 iconLast updated 12:05 pm CT July 23, 2008.
Fuel Spill in the Mississippi River
WSILTV -- Missouri Department of Natural Resources became aware of a fuel spill near the 40 upper Mississippi River mile marker which borders Scott County, Missouri and Alexander County, IL Sunday morning.
Missouri DNR began working with Illinois DNR around 11:00 a.m. Sunday in an attempt to find out what caused the spill.
Officials confirmed that the spill consisted of both on-road and off-road diesel fuel. The off-road fuel has red dye in it, and there are less taxes on it, as well.
By 5 p.m., crews had inspected up to at least river mile marker 50, which borders the southern part of Cape Girardeau.
Officials have confirmed the spill was not caused by a Mobil Oil petroleum pipeline that runs under the river.
"Cities along the river must protect against the intake of oil that may contaminate the drinking water," said Allen Cortvrient of Missouri Department of Natural Resources Environmental Emergency.
Cortvrient says several federal, state and local agencies have responded to the incident.
I always heard they couldn't pipeline it, so what is the guy in the NYTimes guy claiming???