Fire erupts as oil barge hits gas pipeline

John Upton at Grist has a good recap of an accident that occurred last night near New Orleans:

A grotesque collision of fossil-fuel-laden vessels happened in a bayou south of New Orleans on Tuesday evening, where tug-boat operators crashed a barge carrying crude oil into a submerged natural-gas pipeline.

The result was predictable: A spectacular conflagration erupted that injured two of the four members of the tug-boat crew, including the captain, who reportedly suffered burns covering more than three quarters of his body.

He's got links to the Coast Guard response and updates from local outlets, so head over there for the rest. We'll continue to monitor the story and update this post as the day goes on.

Tags: Oil Spill | Pollution

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