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Coast Guard: Barge leaked 7,000 gallons of oil

January 29, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) The Coast Guard said Tuesday that about 7,000 gallons of crude oil were unaccounted for aboard a leaking barge that had rammed a railroad bridge near Vicksburg on the Mississippi River, which remained closed for a third day as crews slowly pumped out oil. Continue Reading

Corps praised for averting Miss. River shutdown

January 10, 2013 in The Daily Republic

The corps rebuffed the barge industry’s pleas that the flow from a South Dakota dam be restored, saying the pullback was needed to protect interests on the upper Missouri. Continue Reading

Corps not budging on Mississippi River flap

December 7, 2012 in The Daily Republic

ST. LOUIS (AP) The Army Corps of Engineers has turned back requests by federal lawmakers and the barge industry to release more water from the Missouri River, believing the drought-starved Mississippi River it feeds still will remain open to shipping despite mounting concerns about water levels.
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Thune: Corps lacks legal authority to release water

December 6, 2012 in The Daily Republic

Water cannot be legally released from Missouri River reservoirs with the prime purpose of aiding navigation on the Mississippi River, Sen. John Thune said Wednesday.
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Drought threatens to close Mississippi to barges

November 30, 2012 in West Central Tribune

After months of drought, companies that ship grain and other goods down the Mississippi River are being haunted by a potential nightmare: If water levels fall too low, the nation’s main inland waterway could become impassable to barges just as the harvest heads to market.
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Downstream officials express Missouir River concerns

November 16, 2012 in The Daily Republic

ST. LOUIS Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri are joining the chorus expressing concern over the Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to reduce flow from a Missouri River reservoir, a move that could significantly affect shipping on the Mississippi River.
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Army Corps plans Missouri River reduction

November 13, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

ST. LOUIS The Army Corps of Engineers will proceed with plans to reduce the flow from an upper Missouri River reservoir despite concerns that it will worsen low-water problems on the Mississippi River, officials told The Associated Press Tuesday. Continue Reading

Missouri governor, barge industry urge action

November 12, 2012 in The Daily Republic

ST. LOUIS (AP) Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and the barge industry are imploring the federal government to keep water flowing on the Missouri and Mississippi rivers or face potential “economic disaster.”
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Barging ahead with a landscaping project

November 6, 2012 in Alexandria Echo Press

It isn’t your typical landscaping project.
Because the customer’s property is on an island on Lake Brophy west of Alexandria, Grand Designs Landscaping is using a barge to transport supplies to the job. Continue Reading

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