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Jan 22, 2013

Mississippi River traffic halted after vessel hits lock

By Karl Plume

(Reuters) – Commercial shipping traffic on the Mississippi River north of St. Louis was halted on Tuesday after a vessel collided with a gate at Lock 27 near Granite City, Illinois, the system’s busiest lock, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesperson said.

The accident occurred in the lock’s auxiliary chamber, which had been the only operational lock as the main chamber is closed for scheduled repairs until March.

Jan 10, 2013

Rains will help raise Mississippi River, ease shipper woes

Jan 10 (Reuters) – A storm moving up the Mississippi River
valley will help replenish the river, low in parts from drought,
and ease concerns that shipping could be halted along a shallow
stretch from St. Louis to Cairo, Illinois.

Shipping groups had warned as recently as last week of an
effective closure of the river along that busy stretch, through
which billions of dollars of grain, coal, fertilizer and other
commodities flow every year.

Jan 5, 2013

No deal on Illinois pension fix, talks to continue

CHICAGO, Jan 5 (Reuters) – A fix for Illinois’ public
pension crisis remained elusive on Saturday after a meeting
between Democratic Governor Pat Quinn and legislative leaders
failed to produce a deal.

State House of Representatives Speaker Michael Madigan, a
Democrat, said that it was still possible to reach a deal in
time to be voted on early next week by the Legislature.

Jan 5, 2013

No deal yet on Illinois pension fix: state House speaker

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A fix for Illinois’ public pension crisis remained elusive on Saturday after a meeting between Democratic Governor Pat Quinn and legislative leaders failed to produce a deal.

State House of Representatives Speaker Michael Madigan, a Democrat, said that it was still possible to reach a deal in time to be voted on early next week by the Legislature.

Jan 2, 2013

Mississippi River nears historic lows, shipping at risk

Jan 2 (Reuters) – The drought-drained Mississippi River will
rise slightly later this week between St. Louis and Cairo,
Illinois, but later continue its decline toward historic lows,
according to a National Weather Service forecast.

Low water, due to the worst U.S. drought since 1956, has
already impeded the flow of billions of dollars worth of grain,
coal, fertilizer and other commodities between the central
United States and shipping terminals at the Gulf of Mexico.

Jan 2, 2013

Mississippi River approaching historic lows, shipping at risk

By Karl Plume

(Reuters) – The drought-drained Mississippi River will rise slightly later this week along a stretch between St. Louis and Cairo, Illinois, but will then continue its decline toward historic lows, according to a National Weather Service forecast.

Low water due to the worst U.S. drought since 1956 has already impeded the flow of billions of dollars in grain, coal, fertilizer and other commodities between the central United States and export terminals at the Gulf of Mexico.

Dec 18, 2012

Rock clearing begins on drought-hit Mississippi River

By Karl Plume

(Reuters) – The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers on Tuesday began clearing rocks from a shallow stretch of the drought-hit Mississippi River – its largest such undertaking in at least 25 years – to maintain the flow of billions of dollars’ worth of goods to Gulf Coast ports.

A shipping superhighway that links much of the central United States to the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi is near record-low levels due to the worst U.S. drought since 1956.

Dec 18, 2012

U.S. Army Corps clearing rocks from drought-hit Mississippi

By Karl Plume

(Reuters) – The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, in its largest such undertaking in at least 25 years, on Tuesday began clearing a shallow stretch of the drought-hit Mississippi River of rocks impeding the flow of billions of dollars’ worth of goods to the Gulf Coast.

A shipping superhighway that links much of the central United States to the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi is near record-low levels due to the worst U.S. drought since 1956.

Dec 5, 2012

Barges pulled, Mississippi River woes limit grain flow

Dec 5 (Reuters) – Some freight companies have pulled their
barges from the mid-Mississippi and Illinois Rivers until March
as low water after a severe drought disrupted business during
the peak of the grain export season, industry sources said on
Wednesday.

Some grain terminals along the Mississippi River have
stopped selling soybeans to exporters at the U.S. Gulf for fear
of not being able to deliver the cargoes because of critically
low water levels between St. Louis and Cairo, Illinois.

Nov 30, 2012

Cargill cuts barge draft due to low Mississippi River

Nov 30 (Reuters) – Cargill Inc’s barge company
said on Friday it has limited the volume of commodities that can
be loaded onto its vessels due to low water on the Mississippi
River and expects the situation to worsen along the critical
shipping waterway.

Drafts on northbound barges were limited to 8 feet (2.4
meters), down from 9 feet or more normally. Similar curbs on
southbound barges carrying grain and other goods from farms in
the Midwest to export terminals at the Gulf of Mexico were
imminent, said Richard Calhoun, president of Cargo Carriers.