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Coast Guard investigating oil sheen on river; says El Toro plant the source

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Coast Guard says workers are using boom to contain a 17-mile-long sheen on the Mississippi River near Fort Adams in Wilkinson County.

No environmental damage has been reported and the river remained open to shipping.

The Coast Guard says the substance — spotted by a Coast Guard patrol yesterday — is believed to be a petroleum-based product.

Details on the quantity of substance in the water were not available. However, the Coast Guard identified the responsible party as El Toro Production Co. of Natchez.

The Coast Guard says two companies have been hired to assess and respond to the spill.

A message was left yesterday seeking comment from El Toro officials.



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