POSTED: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 5:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 5:04am
New Orleans, La — The Coast Guard and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries released the last of the oiled brown pelicans injured during Hurricane Isaac, Saturday.
During Hurricane Isaac, an abandoned oil production facility discharged crude oil which harmed the surrounding environment and wildlife. Following the damage from the hurricane, the juvenile brown pelican was collected Sept. 3, 2012.
The pelican was the last of four oiled pelicans to be rehabilitated and released after the hurricane. LDWF, with assistance from the Incident Management Division at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans, released the pelican at the Pointe Aux Chenes Wildlife Management Area near Houma.
“During any oil spill response, we work diligently with our federal and state wildlife partners to address oiled wildlife,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Screws, Federal On-Scene Coordinator representative, Sector New Orleans. “We make every effort to clean and return those animals back to their environment in the condition they were in prior to being impacted by the spill.”