For immediate release: July 30, 2010
Jason Holm, USFWS, 612-713-5310
FWS Articulates Role in Oil Spill Recovery Operations
In the initial stages of the Enbridge oil spill response, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service specialists were among the first wave of responders. While proximity and availability allowed these biologists and agents to recover numerous affected wildlife, they now transition to their federally mandated role.
Over the past three days, as an emergency measure, Service biologists and law enforcement agents responded to calls and picked up wildlife until the Enbridge assets could get mobilized. Now that the formal incident command structure is in place, Enbridge, as the Responsible Party (RP), will provide for the effort necessary to prevent exposure of wildlife; and the capture and rehabilitation of oiled wildlife.
The FWS will continue to provide technical assistance to the Incident Commander, to minimize impacts to wildlife, specifically trust resources. Additionally, FWS personnel monitor the conditions and permits of the Enbridge rehabilitation facility and its contracted wildlife collectors. Finally, Service contaminants biologists will continue to gather and assess ephemeral data for Natural Resource Damage Assessment.
To report incidents of affected wildlife, the public should continue to call 1-800-306-6837.
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