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Crews complete cleanup of oil that shut down river

VICKSBURG — The Coast Guard has completed cleanup of the oil spill near Vicksburg that closed the major shipping channel for days in both directions. After extensive shoreline assessments and cleanup actions, the Coast Guard says it and the Departments of Environmental Quality in Louisiana and Mississippi deemed the cleanup complete yesterday. A 16-mile stretch of the river was closed ...

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Broken pipeline leaks gallons of oil into creek

JASPER COUNTY — Authorities say about 40 gallons of oil leaked from a broken pipeline in Jasper County into a creek east of Bay Springs yesterday before being stopped. The pipeline, owned by Houston, Texas-based Plains All-American Pipeline LP, began leaking sometime before 3 p.m. yesterday, when it was discovered. It connects to one of the many oil fields around ...

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Delta creek restocked with fish following drought

LELAND, Miss. (AP) — State wildlife officials have restocked Deer Creek near Leland with bluegill fish. Leland Mayor James Lowe tells the Delta Democrat Times the creek’s fish population had dwindled during the summer when the creek reached near record low levels. Lowe says a fish kill last year also depleted the number of fish in the creek. Ronnie Yarbrough, ...

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BP oil spill committee to release plan in July

NEW ORLEANS — The committee set up to manage most environmental fines going to the states affected by the BP oil spill of 2010 says it will release its plan July 6. The Courier of Houma, La., reports that a seven-page document released last week by the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council includes a list of projects that would meet ...

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Boats creep by as oil cleanup continues on Mississippi

VICKSBURG — Water vessels were moving cautiously today through a section of the Mississippi River where a barge was leaking oil as Coast Guard officials attempted to ease the economic impact of shutting down one of the nation’s vital commerce routes. Crews on Wednesday began pumping oil from the leaking barge onto another barge — a process known as lightering ...

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Crews hope to start removing oil from damaged barge

VICKSBURG — The Coast Guard says crews hope to start work today to remove thousands of gallons of oil from a damaged barge on the Mississippi River, but it’s not clear how long that could take or when the river will reopen. A 16-mile stretch of river was closed near Vicksburg for a fourth day today after two barges collided ...

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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 carrying 80,000 gallons of oil ...

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Investigators testing neighborhoods for pollutants

HATTIESBURG — State and federal agencies are testing neighborhoods around a former chemical plant in Hattiesburg for possible pollution. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Environmental Protection Agency and Ashland Inc., Hercules’ parent company, have drilled test wells within a half-mile of the plant, the Hattiesburg American reported. The wells are drilled in the path that water flows underground, MDEQ ...

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Justice reaches $1.4B settlement with Transocean for oil spill

GULF OF MEXICO — The Justice Department has reached a $1.4-billion settlement with Transocean Ltd., the owner of the drilling rig that sank after an explosion killed 11 workers and spawned the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Two people with knowledge of the negotiations say Switzerland-based Transocean would pay the money to resolve the department’s civil ...

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