So far, the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico has had relatively little impact on the Midwest, though many are wondering if agricultural exports could suffer as a result on an ongoing oil spill.
“Thus far the spill has not disrupted traffic into or out of the Mississippi River or Mobile, Alabama. All scheduled freight deliveries have been made. No ship calls have been cancelled due to the spill. This is expected to continue for the foreseeable future,” said Mike Steenhoek, Executive Director of the Soy Transportation Coalition.
Congressmen Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) and Phil Hare (D-Ill.) sent a letter on June 10th to President Barack Obama and Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, urging them to fully evaluate the impact of the BP Oil Spill on Mississippi River shipping lanes. As oil continues to drift closer to the Southwest Passage, a critical shipping lane for farmers who rely on barge traffic to ship their crops overseas, Braley and Hare are concerned about the impact a slowdown in Mississippi River traffic could have on prices for farmers, producers and distributors.… Continue readingRead More »