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Big Oil Spill on Mississipi -- oil has to go !!! July 26, 2008 10:15 AM
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A ship collided with an oil barge spilling 9,000 barrels of fuel oil Wednesday forcing the closure of the river from New Orleans to the Gulf of Mexico.

Ships began crawling up the Mississippi River at New Orleans in a tightly controlled procession Friday, two days after a massive oil spill shut down a stretch of one of the nation's most critical commercial arteries.

The pecking order was based on Coast Guard determination of the economic importance of the ships' cargo, and the pace was slowed by a scrubbing process to remove oil from each hull. A ship carrying refinery-bound oil was the first to get the go-ahead

Mopping the ships:

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