Mississippi River oil spill causes environmental damage

Authorities will consider oil spill cleanup methods near New Orleans after two vessels collided in the Mississippi River on February 17, 2012. The collision resulted in no injuries, but an undetermined amount of oil leaked in the river, according to The Times-Picayune.

Coast Guard officials noted the Clarence W. Settoon, a ship towing a barge filled with Louisiana sweet crude oil, collided with the Alydar. The oil barge suffered a 10 foot by 5 foot gash at its waterline, reports the news source. Officials stopped the leak and moved the damaged ship to the riverbank.

An oil spill can create a health and safety hazard, but officials can use the XSORB oil select sock to clean up spills. The product contains a fast-acting formula that makes it easy to clean up 10 quarts of oil.

The oil select sock has been designed to eliminate petroleum-based products in marine environments including waterways, ponds and boating areas. The absorbent solution removes impurities, leaving only clean water behind. The sock includes a non-toxic, eco-friendly formula that floats and repels water. Officials can take advantage of the versatile product to handle hazardous spills as the sock can absorb up to four times its weight. 

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