SINKING SHIP: Boat Spills Oil Into The Mississippi

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Crews are still cleaning up the Mississippi River after a towboat sank, leaking oil into the river.

“It’s very difficult to determine how long we’ll be here for.  But one thing I can tell you is that we’ll be here until the job is done,” said Lt. Colin Fogarty of the U.S. Coast Guard.

While crews are out on the water fighting the oil spill, volunteers from the environmental group Living Lands and Waters are on the scene protecting the environment.  The volunteers are hard at work placing streamers, called Bird Deterrent Flash Tape, around the area so birds will stay clear of the oil.

“It is our job to ensure that whatever impacts do occur in the environment, that they are minimalized to the greatest extent possible and that wildlife is rehabilitated,” Fogarty said.

Officials said they are still investigating what might have caused the boat to sink in the first place.