The rivers and oceans should be turning on us soon with all the greed that has been flowing through them for decades. Not only do we get persecuted at the pump more and more every day, but the waterways are taking a beating and we will reap the unfortunate results of that as well.
On Sunday, Vicksburg, Mississippi residents were put in the most immediate danger of their water being contaminated because of yet another oil spill in the Mississippi river, according to the Huffington Post. An oil barge was damaged when it struck a railroad bridge in Vicksburg, but the damaged vessel is the least of the areas worries. The barge was carrying 80,000 gallons of oil which spilled into the Mississippi River and caused the waterways to be “closed for eight miles in each direction,” according to a report from the Coast Guard.
There was also a second barge reported to have been damaged, but it wasn’t clear if that barge hit the bridge along with the other. So far reports do not show any oil leaking from the second barge, but the coast guard’s Memphis, Tennessee office reported an “oily sheen…as far as three miles downriver of Vicksburg after the 1:12 a.m.”
The barges are owned by Third Coast Towing LLC, out of Corpus Christi, Texas, and there hasn’t been a comment on the incident at the time of this report.
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