Image courtesy of the Port of New Orleans

The Coast Guard conditionally reopened 40 miles of the Mississippi River from New Orleans upriver but kept 25 miles closed after a Saturday oil spill.

Port of New Orleans spokesperson Matt Gresham said every vessel’s hull must be certified clean of oil before it can move along the reopened stretch, Fox News reported.

About 31,500 gallons of light crude oil spilled from a tank barge that hit a towboat Saturday.

Their were no reported injuries and the Coast Guard said they haven’t received reports oiled wildlife.

The Coast Guard said Monday 29 vessels were waiting for the river to reopen.

“The river had been closed from below the Port of New Orleans to Vacherie, nearly 50 miles west of New Orleans. It’s now closed from Vacherie to near Hahnville, which is 30 miles from New Orleans,” Fox News said.


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