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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2010
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Many Gulf Spill Cleanup Efforts Ineffective and Harming, not Helping Birds
New Report and Recommendations Issued Today by American Bird Conservancy
WASHINGTON - July 19 - A report  released today by American Bird Conservancy, America's leading bird conservation group, shows how some of BP's oil spill cleanup efforts are actually causing harm to birds and their habitats rather than helping them, that cleanup vessels are inadequate and operating in the wrong locations, and that deployed boom has failed to protect some important bird colonies from oil.
The report, entitled Gulf Oil Spill: Field Survey Report and Recommendations , provides a series of five key recommendations for birds - ranging from the use of boom to habitat restoration - related to cleanup efforts surrounding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The report is based on a just-completed week-long field assessment by ABC staff, who observed oil impacts and cleaning operations from
"Restoration needs to start as soon as major coastal oiling has been effectively addressed. The Gulf doesn't have the decades it took to resolve the legal wrangling that followed the Exxon Valdez spill. The hydrology of the
The specific recommendations contained in the report (see expanded explanations provided in the report ) address:
1. The use of more effective boom to protect bird colonies. Numerous instances were observed where boom was in complete disarray, including being washed up on shore.
2. The employment of better fencing and other measures to protect sensitive beach nesting areas and to reduce disturbance to birds. Clean-up crews were clearly unaware in several instances of the negative impacts they were causing to birds and their habitat.
3. The deployment of adequately sized and equipped oil skimmers close to the coast with improved real-time oil reports to eliminate oil before it reaches the beaches and marshlands. ABC observed an instance of a substantial heavy oil slick about half a mile offshore while cleanup vessels were operating in very mildly oiled waters about one mile away - apparently unaware.
4. The creation of a staging and recovery area for heavily oiled birds close to the coast. With the moving of the existing facility to a location about 70 miles away, some sort of near-shore facility is needed.
5. The restoration of eroded island habitat for nesting birds. Breton Island, for example, is a fraction of its original size, is an important bird habitat and is in desperate need of rebuilding.
"Clearly, this is an unprecedented spill that has brought massive, well-intentioned efforts to the area - over 3,000 boats and 30,000 people are involved. Our recommendations, while not comprehensive, reflect first-hand observations and are intended to make those efforts rapidly more effective, especially in light of the fact that fall bird migration is just around the corner," Parr added.
During their survey, ABC staff observed oiled birds at several locations. The report presents a list of the observed oiled bird species.
"Without question, I think the unqualified bright spot of the cleanup effort was the bird cleaning center in
To view the report, link to: www.abcbirds.org/
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