WASHINGTON (AP) – Louisiana and wildlife officials have recorded more than 100 oily birds after an oil spill spilled during a hurricane.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Thursday that a large number of oily birds have been caught in heavy oil pockets in the Phillips 66 Alliance filter in Louisiana and Belle Chess.
For his part, John Webe, a biologist leading the state’s rehabilitation program, said 10 oily birds had been captured and taken to a rehabilitation site. He said five more dead birds had been returned as evidence.
Efforts are underway to capture and rescue more birds, Wibe said. Injured species include black-tailed ducks, blue-winged teas, and a variety of eagles. Other animals have also been found to be oily, including crocodiles, neutrals, and river otters.
The Environmental Protection Agency said in a statement on Thursday that it had received 43 notices of significant domestic oil spills and chemical emissions. The agency’s submission arm provided 10 questions to the agency’s operators seeking information on whether federal environmental laws were violated during the storm, which could result in fines and penalties.
That is only a small part of the 1,539 pollution reports received by the U.S. Coast Guard. August 29: A hurricane hits the port of Forencho, the first port in the coastal oil and gas industry. The Coast Guard on Thursday said it was actively monitoring clean-up and sanitation efforts at 564 stations. Another 197 reports are listed as unconfirmed because there is no evidence of contamination.
The Associated Press reports that the spill has begun After reviewing air images captured by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on September 1 at the Alliance Filter Factory. In the days following the hurricane, Phillips 66 repeatedly sought to minimize damage to the company’s refinery.
Asked about reports of other failures near Idaho the day after the Ida incident, Phillips 66 spokesman Bernardo Fallas told APN that there was “some water” in the facility and that work had been shut down before the storm.
Asked two days later about the potential environmental hazards from the facility, Fallas said in a statement on the organization’s website that the response was “to ensure the safety and security of our staff and the communities around us.”
On the third day, after APS Phillips 66 aired aerial photographs, Fallas admitted that the company could find “unknown origin in flood-prone areas.” All of that pollution was “protected and kept in a detour.”
The Louisiana Environmental Quality Assessment Team, which was sent to a refinery last week, said it was handling heavy crude oil at the site with bombs and drinking foams. An elevator designed to protect the plant is broken, causing floodwaters to flow during the storm and then backward as the storm subsides.
It remained open for days after the hurricane, but no oil spilled beyond the land owned by Philips 66.
“The violation has been protected,” False said Thursday. “Cleaners will continue to remove oil and cover from some flood areas. There is no outside influence. We will continue to work with all relevant regulatory agencies.
Estimates of oil spills from the plant have not yet been released by state or federal inspectors. When fully operational, the Alliance will be able to produce more than 255,000 barrels of crude oil per day for gasoline and other petroleum products.
Citing weak market conditions, the company listed the old refinery for sale last month before the storm. The facility was closed on Thursday without a timetable for reopening.
From A.P. Following inquiries, Fallas confirmed on Thursday that the Philips 66 pipeline had flowed in the area of Paradis, Louisiana and beyond during Idaho. Records show that on August 31, the company leaked 2,700 barrels of Isobutan, mostly combustible gas for campfire.
“The station was isolated and arrested,” Fallas said on Thursday. “When the product was released, it was released into the atmosphere; It had no effect on soil or water. Pipeline shut down during repairs.
Follow AP Investigator Reporter Michael Bisqueck at http://twitter.com/mbieseck
Contact the AP International Investigative Team at Investigative@ap.org.