Greater than 100 oiled birds, together with herons, egrets, and geese, have been present in Louisiana following the influence of Hurricane Ida. Officers with the Louisiana Division of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) say the birds had been oiled from a spill at a refinery in Belle Chasse, a metropolis that’s adjoining to New Orleans.
The oiled birds had been noticed inside heavy pockets of crude oil all through the Phillips 66 Alliance Refinery, in addition to in close by flooded fields and retention ponds alongside the Mississippi River. Extra oiled birds had been anticipated to be discovered, and as of September 9, 5 birds had been discovered lifeless.
A few of the oiled birds have been captured and transported to a delegated rehabilitation location, LDWF mentioned. It could take weeks earlier than the hassle to save lots of the birds and different animals is accomplished.
Black-bellied Whistling-Geese, Blue-winged Teal, and several other egret and heron species had been among the many birds discovered. Different wildlife noticed with some extent of oiling embrace alligators, river otters, and nutria.
The Related Press reported that state or federal regulators don’t have an estimate for a way a lot oil might need spilled from the refinery. When totally operational, the Alliance Refinery can course of greater than 255,000 barrels of crude oil per day into gasoline and different petroleum merchandise. The ability was listed on the market final month, earlier than the storm hit.
LDWF is working in partnership with the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Workplace, the Louisiana Division of Environmental High quality, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Alliance Refinery is helping within the restoration as nicely.