Equipment malfunction causes oil spill in Mississippi River

Equipment malfunction causes oil spill in Mississippi River

POSTED: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 5:15pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 12:40am

An oil spill that originated in Mississippi made its way to Louisiana waters this afternoon.

The spill was caused by an equipment malfunction in Wilkinson County, Miss. According to officials a tank battery used for storing oil broke and allowed the oil to seep into a tributary, which emptied into Mississippi River. A visible sheen was spotted on the Mississippi River around 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13. The sheen went as far as the Pointe Coupee area.

According to the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff’s Office the spill is now contained. Cleaning crews have isolated the oil to a tributary in Mississippi, which is where the clean up effort remains this evening.

We’re told traffic along the river was never affected by the spill.

We’re waiting for a response from the Coast Guard. We will provide an update here once it’s available.

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