More than 100 oil-slicked birds and other animals have been found after crude oil spilled from a refinery that was flooded by Hurricane Ida, Louisiana wildlife officials said.
Black-bellied whistling ducks, blue-winged teal and various species of egrets are among the growing number of birds found covered in oil throughout the Phillips 66 Alliance Refinery and in flooded fields and retention ponds along the Mississippi River.
Birds were not the only animals covered in the slick. Alligators, river otters and nutria were also documented.
“Some of the oiled birds have been captured and transported to a designated rehabilitation location,” the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said in a statement. “It may take weeks before the effort to save the birds and other animals is completed.”
State officials believe the numbers are expected to increase.
The Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday that it had 43 notifications about oil spills and chemical releases after the storm passed.
A U.S. Coast Guard hotline has received 1,539 reports of pollution. It is supervising the cleanup at 564 sites. Another 197 reports are considered unverified because there was no remaining evidence of pollution.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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