LDWF rescues 7 oiled pelicans from site of oil spill near Black Bayou Bridge

Published: Nov. 29, 2022 at 12:43 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 29, 2022 at 4:22 PM CST
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has rescued seven oiled pelicans from the site of an oil spill in the Black Bayou Bridge area, according to officials.

Officials are working to set up a rehab center for the birds.

The U.S. Coast Guard says the spill was reported to them on Nov. 28 around 8:15 a.m. by Martin Energy Services. Coast Guard officials are on site to monitor the cleanup of the spill. OMI Environmental Solutions has been hired by Martin Energy for cleanup operations.

Portions of the Intracoastal Waterway were closed during the initial assessment and cleanup but have since been reopened.

While officials are still working to get a full accounting of how much oil was spilled, the current estimate is about 85 barrels of used lubricant oil.

KPLC has reached out to Martin Energy Services for comment.