Bardge Sinks in James River

Discussion in 'VIRGINIA RIVERS TALK' started by Dallison, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. Dallison

    Dallison Member

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    Last Sunday I saw that a barge with ammonia chloride sank. I haven't heard anything since. I would imagine that this would kill alot of fish....
    Has there been any information published that could explain what's being done about this?
     
  2. Catfish_Commando

    Catfish_Commando TF Staff Member

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    I remember a few years back members talking about one of the key contributions to the overall size of Blue Catfish in the James was its pollution and fish health advisories.

    People were advised not eat them, so it helped grow the population and insulate it from the traditional harvesting practices of popular catfish rivers.

    But this isn't good. I am sure we have a member with a Chemical Engineering Degree that can say what the long term / short term effects of ammonia chloride will do to the fishery.
     

  3. 66TBONE

    66TBONE New Member

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    Where did the barge go down at?
     
  4. Dallison

    Dallison Member

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    A little past the bridge in Hopewell. I've been looking for information but it was only a blip on the news. Nothing online either. I know they were going to try to get it out before it leaks.
     
  5. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    I like to think that barges (or boats/trucks) with this type of chemical have layers of protection in case of this type of event. We can all pray that there was no leakage!
     
  6. screamnreels

    screamnreels Member

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    I understand the chemicals were in water tight barrels,and they are trying to recover the barge and chemicals without any spillage.