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Diesel oil spill small part of lower Mississippi River


A diesel oil spill near New Orleans closed traffic to a small section ofthe lower Mississippi River Thursday, according to the US Coast Guard.

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The Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service received a call at 10:30 am CDT(0330 GMT) to report a diesel oil spill.

The cause of the spill was still under investigation, the Coast Guard said in a statement. But a port agent report said the Singapore-flagged cargoship Pac Antares collided with a piece of steel protruding from the NashvilleAvenue Wharf and sprung a leak.

Vessel movement from mile marker 91 to mile marker 101 was closed as of1:50 pm CDT. The leak was reportedly plugged, according to the Coast Guard.

Incident management was on scene assisting in the clean up, USCG Lt.Cmdr. Herbert Law said.

"We've got some boats and helicopters on scene," to assist in clean upefforts, Law said, adding the spill was mostly confined to the east bank ofthe river.

No injuries were reported from the incident.

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