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

Ten oiled birds have been captured and transported to a rehabilitation location for cleaning.
Credit: AP
This undated photo provided by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries shows an oiled tricolored heron observed at the Alliance Refinery oil spill in Belle Chasse, La. Louisiana wildlife officials say they have documented more than 100 oil-soaked birds near after crude oil spilled from a refinery flooded during Hurricane Ida. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 that a growing number of oiled birds had been observed within heavy pockets of oil throughout the Phillips 66 Alliance Refinery in Belle Chasse, as well as nearby flooded fields and retention ponds along the Mississippi River. (Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries via AP)

WASHINGTON — 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.