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 reported on September 1, after reviewing images captured by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (IAEA). In the days following the hurricane, Phillips 66 repeatedly sought to minimize damage to the company’s refinery.
The day after Ida’s arrival, when asked about reports of other failures near the factory, Phillips 66 spokesman Bernardo Fallas told the AP that there was “some water” in the facility.
Asked two days later about the potential environmental hazards from the facility, Fallas said in a statement on its website that it was “ensuring 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 the pollution was “safe and kept in a detention center” at the time.
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 is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. 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.
Phillips 66 did not immediately respond to an email requesting an inquiry into oily birds and wildlife. Citing weak market conditions, the company listed the old refinery for sale last month before the storm.