One dead juvenile pelican, 10 oiled dead nurtria and two live oiled pelicans were located in the marshes in the vicinity of Myrtle Grove, Sunday.
Wildlife Response Services is en route and will attempt to recover
the live pelicans, collect the dead pelican and nutria, and look for any
other impacted wildlife. Necropsies will be performed to determine the
cause of death.
Teams located oil in the marshes in the vicinity of two inactive oil
production facilities near Myrtle Grove, although there is no sign of an
active leak, and it is still unclear if the oil originated from these
Coast Guard, EPA, and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
ground crews continue to monitor and assess the damage to waterways and
oil, gas, and chemical facilities to determine the extent of any
pollution impacts left in Hurricane Isaac’s wake.
Responders will collect oil samples from both the animals and the marsh and attempt to identify the source.
On the Lower Mississippi, Coast Guard waterways management teams are
assessing and coordinating salvage plans for vessels that grounded along
the riverbanks during the storm, to ensure strict safety standards are
met before any attempt is made to refloat or move the vessels.
“We are in constant contact with vessel and facility owners and
operators, as well as other waterway management organizations to make
sure we learn as quickly as possible of any releases,” said Lt. Cmdr.
Lushan Hannah, the Coast Guard incident commander for the response.
“Many of them have taken steps on their own to contain and clean up any
Coast Guard and state officials are asking residents to avoid any
contact with chemicals or pollution they come across, and to report it
to the Sector New Orleans Operations Center at 504-365-2200 or the
National Response Center at 800-424-8802.
“Our priorities are safeguarding public safety and protecting
wildlife and the environment while we work to return the impacted areas
to a normal state,” said Hannah. “We are working with federal and state
partners and the marine industry to make sure we locate as much of the
pollution as possible and initiate cleanup operations.”
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