UPDATE: USCG reopens upper Mississippi River after ship sinking

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U.S. Coast Guard announced at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday reopening of Mississippi River after a tow ship Stephen L. Colby sank and released fuel in the river.

The USCG approved a lightering plan ot the tug ship, which is going to prevent future oil from entering the water. The lightering process is aiming to pump off the oil from a ship and deposit it on a lightering barge vessel.

There is no oil pollution below the surface, according to the conducted tests of the water column, by members from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in Iowa.

The United States Department of Fish and Wildfire Services (FWS) are on the scene of the accident attempting to prevent waterfowl from becoming contaminated by the leaked oil. Moreover, they are currently forming a response plan for further waterfowl, which may get into the oil.

The USCG and other agencies are going to work over the Thanksgiving holiday in effort to prevent pollution.

Almost 100,000 gallons of petroleum products are confirmed to be onboard the sunken ship.

An investigation is under way to determine what caused the accident with Stephen L. Colby.

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