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Update: Bird Recovery Numbers for Breton Sound Oil Spill


June 17, 2005

Tom MacKenzie, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, (678) 296-6400
Amerada Hess, Representative, (504) 458-9521
U.S. Coast Guard, (504) 628-4309


NEW ORLEANS: Federal, state and local agencies continued to work together on June 17 to assist impacted wildlife and minimize further impact to the environment in Breton National Wildlife Refuge after an oil spill Sunday.

As of 3:15 p.m. Friday, June 17, rehabilitation rescue workers reported: A total of 802 birds have been recovered; of these 463 have died.

A safety zone around West Breton Island is still in place for aircraft and vessels - aircraft are not permitted within five miles of the site and vessels within two miles.

The oil spill of approximately 560 gallons was discovered Sunday morning when personnel returned to an Amerada Hess platform after evacuating due to tropical storm Arlene.


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