Hundreds of Birds Killed in Oil Spill on Russia's Sakhalin Island

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It may not be the Exxon Valdez spill, still less the TVA coal ash spill, but two miles of coastline on Sakhalin Island in the far east of Russia has been covered with fuel oil, killing hundreds of birds. The spill occurred in Aniva Bay, six kilometers from an LNG plant which is currently under construction. The head of a local diving center was quoted by AFP as saying,

Hundreds of birds have been killed, including ducks, guillemots and divers. The shore is covered for three kilometers with birds stuck in the fuel oil. The local population are trying to rescue the birds that are still alive and wash them.

If that weren’t bad enough, there is a risk that the rare Steller’s Sea Eagle (about 5,000 left in the wild, with declining population) could be attracted to the injured birds, and die in it’s attempts to eat them.

via: Yahoo News/AFP
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