- Less than 10,000 gallons of crude oil spilled, officials say
- Two barges collided on the Mississippi River early Friday
- No one was injured
- The tanker barge has been taken to a repair facility
A tanker barge that spilled thousands of gallons oil into the Mississippi River after a collision near New Orleans has been emptied and relocated, the U.S. Coast Guard said late Sunday.
"Since operations began Friday, 100 bags of oiled debris and 40 bags of oiled sorbents have been collected," a Coast Guard statement said. "A total of 4,700 feet of hard containment boom has been deployed in an effort to minimize environmental damage."
The drained barge has been taken to a repair facility in West Wego.
The Coast Guard estimates the total of leaked oil at less than 10,000 gallons.
The spill started after a tanker barge towed by a motorized vessel, Settoon, ran into a construction barge towed by the tugboat Alydar just before 2 a.m. Friday near Reserve in St. John Parish, west of New Orleans.
U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman Lt. Suzanne Kerver said the tanker barge suffered a 10 feet by 5 feet gash above the water line, allowing crude oil to spill out of the 214,000-gallon tank.
The river was closed to commercial traffic for several hours Friday before it was reopened.