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165,000 Gallons of Oil Removed from Mississippi River Oil Spill Barge

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The barge that sunk during last month’s Mississippi River oil spill has been emptied of most of its remaining oil, and removal could start today.  According to the Coast Guard, 165,000 gallons of oil have been recovered from the barge’s storage tanks. The Coast Guard has now estimated that roughly 254,000 gallons of oil was spilled from the barge. Though less than the 419,000 gallon it was carrying, that amount still makes this incident the largest spill on the lower Mississippi since 2000.

So far, the investigation into the oil spill has revealed that the person piloting the Mel Oliver did not have the proper license to drive the tugboat, and audio from the collision shows that the crew did not respond to repeated warnings from the tanker. The captain of the Mel Oliver was also not aboard at the time of the accident.

In May, DRD Towing, the company that owned the Mel Oliver, failed a safety audit and was facing probation or revocation from the American Waterways Organization, a national trade association for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry.

The Coast Guard will release more information about its investigation into the Mississippi River oil spill at a hearing next Tuesday. According to the New Orleans Time-Picayune, the Coast Guard has been in discussions with the U.S. Justice Department, but will not recommend any charges against the crew members or companies involved until the investigation is complete.

Yesterday, salvage crews brought in a 200-foot crane outfitted with a massive cutting chain. They are expected to begin cutting the barge into chunks today so that it can be hauled away. There is still a danger some remaining oil could leak from the sunken barge, especially if some that leaked from storage tanks made its way into voids.

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