Oil Spill Shuts New Orleans Port & Mississippi River

Tyler Durden's picture

A 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi near New Orleans remained closed Monday after two vessels collided and caused an oil spill on Saturday in foggy conditions about 30 miles west of New Orleans. As NBC news reports, the Lindsay Ann Erickson crashed with the Hannah C. Settoon, which was pushing two barges carrying barrels of light crude oil that spilled into the river. Clean-up efforts are underway.

In this aerial photo, river traffic is halted along the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Vacherie, La., due to a barge leaking oil in St. James Parish, La., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. The collision happened Saturday afternoon near Vacherie.


Via UPI,

The U.S. Coast Guard said the source of an oil spill was secured but 65 miles of the Mississippi River including the Port of New Orleans remained closed Sunday.


The Coast Guard said in a news release the oil spill occurred Saturday when a barge collided with another vessel near Vacherie, between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.


"Lightering operations on the damaged barge concluded early Sunday morning and the source of the spill was secured," the release said. "Oil spill response vessels and recovery equipment are deployed in the river."


The Coast Guard said the Captain of the Port closed the river from mile marker 90 to mile maker 155 "to avoid possible contamination of passing vessels and to reduce the amount of oil spreading further down the river."




A unified command including the Coast Guard, the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office, the environmental cleanup company ES&H and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality was cooperating on the response to the spill, the Coast Guard said.

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Murf_DaSurf's picture



Don't worry, I read all the actual human shit in the River breaks the Oil down in just a few days.

Winston Churchill's picture

I want to know how they could tell the difference ?

pods's picture

First report:  Four barrels of crude were spilled into the river.

Real report:  ALL but four barrels were spilled into the river. 


Chupacabra-322's picture

Speaking of, you'd have to be a complete idiot to consume any type of seafood coming from New Orleans or Japan. These Psycopaths have completely destroyed the Ecosystem as we know it. It's literally a sea of death.

krispkritter's picture

The public cares more about 'the Hannah(Miley)' colliding with 'the Katy Perry' instead of 'the Lindsay(Lohan)' at some lip-synched(ironically) so-called concert.  If anything, it will be used to scare people into more NIMBY BS about shipping or piping crude.  I'll guess they'll give a crap when they can't leave their houses because they can't get gas for their clunker trade-in and Domino's will have to take EBT cards so they can quad-copter a pizza to their door...then again, maybe not.

ZH Snob's picture

no problem.  it's just the gulf of mexico, a dead sea poisoned by BP years ago.

wee-weed up's picture



What... no bloated hog carcasses?

The ChiComs are laughing at us...

"You not know how to properly foul up river!"

"We number one!"

insanelysane's picture

Will never happen with Amazon drones flying shit around.

Dr. Engali's picture

I wonder if this was part of the squid's personal stock pile.

101 years and counting's picture

the squid has no where to put it, so its dumps the oil wherever it wants and collects the insurance on it. 

somecallmetimmah's picture

Crude oil.  Is there anything it can't do?

Murf_DaSurf's picture



Whelp, the weather excuse was overplayed, so this is the best excuse they could come up with for the next GDP miss....

thatthingcanfly's picture

Ugh. There's some good news.

Ignatius's picture

Mississippi river as ersatz father figure:  God, father, Moses, daddy, phallus, pops.

America is wounded.

One And Only's picture

Good, ban oil. Shut it all down. Save the children.

Spungo's picture

S&P will hit new new all time highs!

ElixirMixer's picture

The company that owns the Lindsay Ann Erickson (Marquette Transportation) had had another boat sink and spill oil on the Mississippi near Davenport, Iowa in November.

22winmag's picture

Maritime morons mucking up the waterways... again.

FieldingMellish's picture


"Maritime morons mucking up the mighty Mississippi."

bluskyes's picture

Just light it up, like the Cuyahoga River

Sabibaby's picture

Good Stuff... bought and paid for by BP? Nah, probably the tax payers.



"Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality was cooperating"

Sonic the porcupine's picture

Maybe the US should build a pipeline.

ThisIsBob's picture

Don't need a pipelins, float it down the Mississippi.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

I think this is how Russia will get it's payback.

In addition to train cars pulling petroleum and derailing, I see brownouts and brush fires in our future if we keep fucking with everybody else!

NoWayJose's picture

To be followed soon by a refinery fire, a pipeline leak, a Nigerian rebel attack, and refinery shutdowns timed to coincide with several others.