UPDATE: Oil spill in MS River near LaPlace

POSTED: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 3:45pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 3:49pm

THIS IS AN NBC33 NEWS UPDATE: The tank barge involved in the collision that caused the oil spill in Laplace has been moved to a repair facility in Westwego. The barge was emptied and relocated on Sunday, Feb. 19. The cleanup from this spill is ongoing. An investigation is also ongoing into the cause of the accident.

THIS IS AN NBC33 NEWS UPDATE: The impacted cargo tank reportedly was holding 3,535 barrels, or approximately 148,470 gallons, of crude oil. The actual amount of product released into the lower Mississippi River has not yet been determined, but is estimated to be substantially less than the total of the tank's contents.

ORIGINAL STORY (02-17-12; 07:05 a.m.): A collision on on the Mississippi River this morning has sent some oil into the Mississippi River.

According to the Coast Guard, it happened just before 2:00 a.m. near LaPlace. A tugboat pushing a crude oil barge and a crane barge collided.

A 10x5 foot gash was reported in the oil barge, which started leaking Louisiana Sweet Crude.

No word on how much oil was spilled, but the Coast Guard says the leak has been secured.

Coast Guard Helicopters have begun their investigation. No word on who's at fault.

Stay with NBC33 News and nbc33tv.com for more information as it becomes available.

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