NEW ORLEANS - A panel of the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on July 16 affirmed a lower court's decision that the company that owned a tug boat and barge that were responsible for an oil spill in the Mississippi River could not seek indemnification from the companies it contracted with to clean up the spill. Rather, the tug and barge owner was liable to the U.S. government for the payments made from a national oil spill trust fund that were used to cover remediation costs (United States of America v American Commercial Lines LLC v. Environmental Safety & Health Consulting Services Inc., No. 13-30358, 5th Cir.; 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 13592).