June 26, 2006
Reported by: Associated Press
Limited tug and barge traffic has resumed through the Calcasieu Ship Channel which had been off limits due to the spread of oil from a spill last week at the CITGO Petroleum Corporation facility at Lake Charles.
The Coast Guard says 42 tugs and barges have moved through a portion of the channel and the Intracoastal Waterway. Some 22 miles of the channel have been closed due to the spill along with Prien Lake.
An estimated 15-thousand to 18-thousand barrels of oil leaked into the channel last Tuesday, and another 30-thousand penetrated the Indian Marais, Citgo's onsite drainage feature. The Coast Guard says about 31-thousand barrels of oil have been removed from theriver, along with another 18-thousand-836 from the Indian Marais.