Oil disaster in Mississippi river, USA


This video from the USA is called Worker Health and Safety During the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Cleanup in Alaska in 1989.

After Hurricane Katrina and the recent Mississippi floods

From Reuters:

Ship collision shuts Mississippi River, spills fuel

Wed Jul 23, 2008

HOUSTON – A collision between a chemical tanker and a fuel barge on the Mississippi River spilled over 400,000 gallons (1,560,000 liters) of fuel oil and prompted the U.S. Coast Guard to close a 29-mile (47-km) stretch of the waterway around New Orleans, a Coast Guard spokesman said. …

A sheen at least 12 miles long spread down river, and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality said efforts were being made to minimize the impact on air and water quality and wildlife.

Drinking water intake was diverted or closed in the area and citizens were asked to conserve water use to maximize supplies on hand pending resumption of water treatment operations, the New Orleans water department said.

Cleanup crews spread booms, which are floating barriers, to try to contain the oil and keep it out of sensitive areas, said Jean Kelly, spokeswoman for the state environmental agency.

State staff were at the scene and still gathering details of the environmental impact, she said.

“We have a lot of wildlife in the southern delta,” Kelly said.

See also here. And here.

Scotland: Oil spill threatens Caithness coastline.

Australian state government in damage control over major oil spill: here.

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