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Barge Spill Shows All Oil Transport Has Risks

Any way we choose to move our oil – rail, pipeline or barge – businesses will feel the economic and environmental ramifications. The latest case in point: a barge crash last Saturday that spilled about 31,500 gallons of light crude into the Mississippi River, about 50 miles upstream of New Orleans. … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Court Blocks Biofuel Target, Barge Leaks into Mississippi

A US federal court struck down a 2012 Renewable Fuel Standard target for refiner use of cellulosic biofuels, but upheld the government’s goal for use of other advanced fuels. The American Petroleum Institute had filed a lawsuit against the EPA for its 2012 target requiring refiners to mix 8.65 million … Read more »

Army Corps Could Charge for Missouri River Water

The US Army Corps of Engineers will begin issuing permits for industrial and municipal uses of Missouri River water, and is considering charging for surplus river water in the future. The Corps plans to complete this month its first water surplus agreement with Williston, N.D.-based Western International Co., which provides … Read more »

Key Stretch of Mississippi Could Shut This Week

Low water levels could shut down commerce on the Mississippi River this week, disrupting shipments worth billions of dollars, according to media reports. American Waterways Operators, an industry trade group, forecasts that the river’s gauge at Thebes, Ill., will hit three feet around January 3 or 4, limiting vessel drafts … Read more »

Drought ‘Threatens Shutdown of Mississippi Shipping’

Record low snowfall is causing low water levels and thus harming navigation on the Mississippi River, potentially hurting local and national economies to the tune of $2 billion, according to The American Wetlands Foundation. Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that only seven percent of the country … Read more »