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Boats still idled by oil spill on Mississippi; reopening uncertain

VICKSBURG — With more than 50 vessels idled on the water for a fourth day today, authorities said they still do not know when they will be able to reopen a 16-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that has been closed due to an oil spill. A plan to pump oil from a leaking barge […] [...]

River remains closed as oil spill cleanup continues

VICKSBURG — Barges transporting commerce idled among the nearly four-dozen vessels stacked up today along a normally bustling stretch of the Mississippi River, denied transit as crews feverishly sought to clean up leaking oil spilled in a weekend barge accident. Workers have been skimming oily water around the clock near Vicksburg ever since a barge […] [...]

Towboat hits bridge, spills light crude in Mississippi

VICKSBURG — A barge laden with 80,000 gallons of oil struck a railroad bridge in Vicksburg over the weekend, spilling light crude into the Mississippi River and closing the waterway for miles each way, the Coast Guard said. A second barge was damaged. Although an oily sheen was reported up to three miles downriver from […] [...]

Shippers tip hat to Corps for keeping river open

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Barge operators are crediting the hustle by stewards of the Mississippi River for averting a potentially crippling shutdown of the vital commerce artery. Shippers say the Army Corps of Engineers has done all it can to keep the river open. Those efforts include ongoing work to rid a stretch of the river […] [...]

Governor wants bill to force Corps to release water into river

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is urging U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to sponsor legislation that would force the Army Corps of Engineers to release water from dams on the Missouri River to raise the water level on the Mississippi River, where drought conditions could soon halt barge traffic. Beshear, a Democrat, […] [...]

River shipping resumes after emergency repairs to lock

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Shipping resumed today through one of the Mississippi River’s busiest locks after crews completed emergency repairs that took days and that stranded hundreds of barges destined for points north or south. By the time the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reopened Lock 27 at Granite City, Ill., just north of St. Louis, […] [...]

Measuring river’s depth not like it used to be

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Reading the depth of the Mississippi River is high-tech stuff compared to decades ago, when engineers used sticks and pressure lines to measure water levels. Still, a clear measure of water in the river when levels are low can be confusing even when updated hourly on the Internet. To get the amount, […] [...]

Rains from Isaac raise river, but don’t offer long-term relief

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Rain from the remnants of Hurricane Isaac could help the drought-stricken Mississippi River, but experts say it’s not enough for long-term relief. The Mississippi River is lower than it has been in years, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is busy trying to keep barge traffic flowing on the vital shipping […] [...]

Boats on Mississippi weathering Isaac, but low water remains concern

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Coast Guard said vessels along the Mississippi River were weathering Tropical Storm Isaac today and there were no reports of loose barges. Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Tippets said the river remained closed to shipping. The Coast Guard and port officials were expected to begin inspecting conditions today as a first […] [...]

Corn prices high, but low river remains huge concern

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The drought across the nation’s Corn Belt is contributing to record high grain prices and near-record low river levels, both of which are impacting Mississippi’s corn. Corn prices are at $8 per bushel and have been trading in that range for the past couple of weeks. This is compared to about $5.20 […] [...]

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