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'Oiled' ducks emerging after oil spill in Mayflower

Officials say experts will handle animal recovery

Posted: April 1, 2013 - 5:05pm
An “oiled” duck recovered near the Bell Slough State Wildlife Management Area in Mayflower is en route to HAWK Center, a wildlife rehabilitation group assisting ExxonMobil after a pipeline ruptured and dumped several thousands of barrels of oil Friday. Cleanup of streams, wildlife and residential yards continues this week. COURTNEY SPRADLIN STAFF PHOTO

Ducks covered in oil have been recovered from marshy, wooded lands near Bell Slough Wildlife Management Area and Nature Trail following Friday's ExxonMobil pipeline rupture in Mayflower.

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and other officials were recovering "oiled" ducks Monday and transporting them to HAWK Center, a wildlife rehabilitation organization in Pope County.

Lynne Slater, HAWK executive director, said volunteers received three oiled ducks late Sunday, and she had "several more" coming in to be cleaned Monday.

Slater said she and other certified volunteers have been cleaning the ducks with Dawn dish soap.

"We're limited on time and resources at the moment, but we're doing what we can with what we have," Slater said Monday. "Today we've fielded calls from a dozen people."

She said the animals that have been treated appear to be recovering.

"The oil is extremely thick. It is like removing gum from someone's hair. That's how thick it is getting it out of feathers," she said.

ExxonMobil spokesman Alan Jeffers said only Hazmat certified individuals should catch or transport the oiled ducks.

"We're encouraging people for their own safety and health for the animals to not touch them or recover them, but call the number and experts will treat them," Jeffers said. "We want to get the animals treated as quickly as possible."

To report an oiled animal, call 1-800-876-9291.

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ucantbserious
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ucantbserious 04/01/13 - 05:08 pm
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That sucks

I saw this once on an episode of Saved By The Bell. All the animals died but the students ended the episode with a slow-motion high-five so I'm guessing it all turned out okay.

justask
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justask 04/01/13 - 10:31 pm
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I wish I knew how one could volunteer to help out with the ducks

or where to get certified. Does anyone know for future reference? I've washed dishes, dogs, a turtle, my two kids and one unhappy cat. I think I could handle it. I wouldn't mind helping this week.

NoKidding
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NoKidding 04/01/13 - 11:49 pm
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Sent to UCA

UCA Students, Faculty, and Staff:

HAWK Center, a wildlife rehabilitation center, has put out a request for supplies to aid in their oil spill relief efforts for oiled wildlife. Old/new toothbrushes, towels, and heating pads are greatly needed as well as the following list of supplies. If you have or can purchase any of these, there will be a drop off box outside of Lewis Science Center 003A. If you need someone to come to your office/building/car to pick up items that are inconvenient for you to deliver to our building, please call Dr. Vickie McDonald (501-450-5924), or grad student Courtney Dunn (501-428-4867).

The box will be delivered daily to the HAWK Center so if you are unable to make a donation at this time consider dropping off supplies another day this week.

Needed:

Cash donations, of course!

Rubbermaid bins
Vinyl gloves
Dish washing gloves
Surgical gowns
Long plastic aprons
Surgical masks
Safety glasses
Hard Kennel cabs - all sizes
Clean towels
55 Gallon trash bags
Paper towels
Heating pads
Bottled water for our volunteers
Liquid Pepto Bismol

If you have any questions, please call or email Biology Department grad student Courtney Dunn at 501-428-4867, courtney.e.dunn@gmail.com , or Biology faculty member Dr. Vickie McDonald (501-450-5924, mcdonaldv@uca.edu ).

lachowsj
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lachowsj 04/02/13 - 07:17 am
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Please explain

Why is this list not sent to Exxon, who are supposedly picking up the tab for everything?

reader
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reader 04/02/13 - 01:04 pm
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Thanks for the info NoKidding

I will see what I can do to help.

NoKidding
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NoKidding 04/02/13 - 07:32 am
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At least they are providing supervisors.

"ExxonMobil spokesman Alan Jeffers said only Hazmat certified individuals should catch or transport the oiled ducks."

357
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357 04/02/13 - 07:40 am
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We need to get those ducks

We need to get those ducks cleaned up and fast. I hate field dressing ducks during duck season that still have oil in their feathers.

Ghostrider
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Ghostrider 04/02/13 - 01:27 pm
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What is wring with you?

I don't see the humor in that statement can you explain in what way that is funny?

lachowsj
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lachowsj 04/02/13 - 08:15 am
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And the rich get richer

This from Reuters:
"As Exxon Mobil continued the cleanup of an oil spill in Arkansas, investor concern over the length of the supply disruption resulting from the shutdown of a pipeline is likely to add further support to the market."
In other words, cut the supply and the price of oil goes up and the stockholders pocket the profit. So a couple dozen families end up in a hotel and a few ducks get covered in oil. So what.

arkansasobserver
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arkansasobserver 04/02/13 - 08:49 am
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Learn the lesson

Corporations don't pay taxes, fines, or the cost of cleanup. Their customers do. In this case, I agree with Lachowsj when he asks why the bill isn't being sent to Exxon-Mobil.

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