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US may have to divert the Mississippi to fight oil slick’s spread

For the US Coast Guard, the mighty Mississippi River is its “best friend” in the fight against the oil spill. Trying to keep the spreading oil at bay, authorities have diverted the river into dozens of canals. But fishermen and ecologists are concerned an environmental disaster could be in the…

Oil washes onto Mississippi, Louisiana coastal islands

Oil leaking from a ruptured well pipe in the Gulf of Mexico washed ashore in two new locations on Saturday, the Coast Guard said, as the latest attempt to contain the spill faltered. Efforts to siphon leaking oil via an “insertion tube” up to a container vessel continued a day…

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