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Coast Guard shuts part of Mississippi River after oil spill near New Orleans

From Reuters - April 12, 2018

HOUSTON (Reuters) - The United States Coast Guard said on Thursday it had shut a 10-mile (16.1 km) stretch of the Mississippi River in downtown New Orleans after a vessel spilled oil into the river.

New Orleans, which sits near the mouth of the Mississippi, is an important transit point for energy, metals and agriculture commodities moving to overseas and domestic markets. Vessel traffic was halted between mile markers 91 and 101, the Coast Guard said.

No injuries were reported.

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