Environmental disaster in Illinois. A stretch of the Mississippi River was isolated due to the spilling of more than 110,000 gallons of fuel oil from an oil pipeline “Phillips 66”, a major US oil company with its headquarters in Texas. The source has been reported from the coast guards. The Mississippi River, a major river in North America, crosses the central part of the United States, rises in North Minnesota and flows out into the Gulf of Mexico after some 3,780 kilometers. The part hit by the oil spill, reaching the river via the Cahokia Canal, measures 56 kilometres and is next to the company’s terminal in the city of Hartford. At the moment, the causes leading to the disaster are still not clear nor when the part hit of the Mississippi will be opened again.
Melissa Erker, a spokeswoman for Phillips 66, said the fuel was spotted in the channel Friday around 8.45. Once the pipeline had been shut down and by 10, the spilling had stopped. Kim Biggs, of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, however, has not confirmed the amount of fuel that may have ended up in the river and said they could not tell when the spill began and was blocked. The company also said that it had instructed emergency crews to intervene in order to prevent other substances from flowing into the river.The Texan oil giant ranks sixth place in the list of the first 500 US companies according to Fortune in 2014 its turnover is said to be estimated at $ 161 billion ( -4.9% compared to 2013) and had profit earnings of 3.7 billion ( -9.7).
Translation provided by Marina Stronati