Oil-soaked birds found near oil spill at refinery after Ida

Louisiana News

WASHINGTON (AP) — Louisiana wildlife officials say they have documented more than 100 oil-soaked birds after crude oil spilled from a refinery flooded during Hurricane Ida.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Thursday that a growing number of oiled birds had been observed within heavy pockets of oil throughout the Phillips 66 Alliance Refinery in Belle Chasse, Louisiana.

Ten oiled birds have been captured and transported to a rehabilitation location for cleaning. Five additional dead birds were recovered and bagged as evidence.

Efforts to save more birds are ongoing. The affected species include black-bellied whistling ducks, blue-winged teal and a variety of egrets.

Other animals were also seen covered in oil, include alligators, nutria and river otters.

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