Environment & Energy Report

U.S. Wheat Exports Stranded by Damaged River Navigation Lock (1)

Sept. 11, 2019, 7:47 PMUpdated: Sept. 11, 2019, 8:30 PM

Some 100,000 tons of U.S. wheat is stranded on barges after a navigation lock was closed for emergency repairs at a dam along the Oregon-Washington border.

The result is a bottleneck along the biggest gateway for U.S. wheat exports.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers drained the lock at Bonneville Dam over the weekend after a leak was reported and cracks were observed in a concrete structure at the bottom of the lock, Corps spokesperson Lauren Bennett said Sept. 11. The Corps will reopen the lock to vessel traffic Sept. 30, according to a Sept. 11 press release.

The lock,...

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