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Env Issues Term Proj - Mississippi River Oil Spill Gaurav...

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Mississippi River Oil Spill Gaurav Singh Environmental Issues Term Project Professor Frank Gallagher April 28, 2009 At approximately 1:30 AM CDT on July 23, 2008, a collision occurred involving
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a towboat, pushing a 61-foot American Commercial Lines (ACL) tank barge and the 600- foot chemical tanker Tintomara on the Mississippi River. The collision caused 419,286 gallons to be spilled into the River. DRD Towing operated the towboat, which was an independent, locally owned company that provided ACL and other barge lines with towing and shifting services. Because an outside party operated the towboat, ACL was not responsible for the accident, but did everything in their power to appease the situation. There was considerable damage to the barge; the stern continued to sink at a rapid rate while the bow stayed afloat. The tank barge had just been fully loaded with ten thousand barrels of #6 fuel oil, also known as heavy fuel oil at a terminal in New Orleans Harbor. At 1:32 AM, an ACL qualified individual received notice of the collision from the oil terminal operator. Minutes after the notice, ACL activated their Vessel Response Plan (VRP). ACL activated its Oil Spill Response Organization in Belle Chase, and local assist boats were directed to the accident scene. Plans were initiated to fly the ACL leadership team to New Orleans. The Incident Command Center was set up at ACL
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