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January 28 News: Oil Spill On The Mississippi River

By Jeff Spross

"January 28 News: Oil Spill On The Mississippi River"

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The towboat Nature's Way Endeavor banks a barge against the western bank of the Mississippi River. (Eli Baylis / Vicksburg Post / January 27, 2013)

There’s a new oil spill on the Mississippi River, after two oil barges collided with a bridge near Vicksburg, Mississippi early Sunday morning. [LA Times]

The barges, laden with crude oil, were being pulled by the tow boat Nature’s Way Endeavor when they hit the Vicksburg Railroad bridge and were damaged, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a release.

One of the barges began spewing oil into the river, officials said. It was unclear how much oil was spilled. The U.S. Coast Guard said the source of the spill, a leaking tank filled with 80,000 gallons of crude oil, had been “contained.”

The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Vicksburg is in charge of the cleanup, and a stretch of the river was closed after the spill. A spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard, Lt. Ryan Gomez, told the Associated Press that oil booms had been set up around the barges.

Brazil plans to launch a four-year census of trees in the Amazon to examine the impacts of deforestation, climate change, conservation efforts, and rain forest biodiversity. [The Guardian]

Britain launches a new long-term loan program to encourage homeowners to make their households more energy efficient and cut costs. [BBC News]

New technology and methods from AltaRock Energy, a Washington state-based company, could bring down the cost of constructing a geothermal plant by half. [Clean Technia]

The number of offshore wind turbines built in European is lagging behind targets by nearly 1,000 megawatts, or the equivalent of around 330 turbines, according to an industry report showed on Sunday. [Reuters]

Global investment in smart grid technologies climbed seven per cent last year to $13.9 billion, driven mainly by strong demand in the US and China. [BusinessGreen]

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8 Responses to January 28 News: Oil Spill On The Mississippi River

  1. Paul Magnus says:

    Hell and High water coming to your neighbourhood soon….

    Fire and Flooding hits Australia
    http://www.bbc.co.uk
    Hundreds of homes are inundated and and several people reported missing as flood waters rise in the Australian state of Queensland.

    • Superman1 says:

      There’s an old saying that ‘you won’t solve problems by using the people that created the problem’. Yet, that’s exactly what we’re trying to do with climate change, and why we’re having little success. It’s as though 99.9% of the electorate were chain smokers, and we’re asking them to solve the smoking problem. That’s why I have trouble seeing a positive outcome.

    • Superman1 says:

      This is what we get with 0.8 C; what happens when we reach the vaunted 2 C?

      • Paul Magnus says:

        catastrophic weather now occurring on a 2-7yr cycle for large regions. Amped up by 0.8C warming.

        We are in for a wild ride. It really is all about survival now.

        The amazing thing is 99% of us dont realize that it is happening and that they and their children are being or are going to be devastated by it. Bizarre.

  2. Paul Magnus says:

    mmm…

    Climate science has already proved its worth
    http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/4484848.html

  3. Paul Klinkman says:

    Inquiring minds want to know, was the barge crash affected in any way by historically low water on the Mississippi? Was the barge avoiding a shoal, perhaps? Was there time pressure on the captain because the Mississippi is so constricted?

    • Paul Klinkman says:

      I just looked it up on Wikipedia / Google Maps. The bridge is just below a 90 degree bend in the river. The deep channel is probably hard against the east bank of the river. From the looks of the bridge on Wikipedia, barge traffic is supposed to go through the center of the river, which would probably have a shoal on the west side of the center in historically low water.