Diesel fuel spill affects ducks and turtles in North Carolina, USA

Twenty mallards and ten freshwater turtles were rescued and taken into care in late November, 2015 in the North Carolina city of Charlotte after 1000 US gallons of diesel spilled into a creek.

Rescue teams from the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue also found ten ducks and six turtles dead in the creek during rescue operations on the first day after the spill. As many as 50 more birds of several species are believed to be affected by the spill. While rescue efforts continue, live birds are being cared for at the CWR centre in nearby Indian Trail. The turtles were transferred to a turtle rehabilitation specialist after being cleaned at the centre.

A leaking generator at a building in Charlotte was discovered on the 24th and cleanup began within hours, however fuel had already made its way through storm drains into Little Sugar Creek, traveling four miles downstream. The cleanup was considered 75% complete by the afternoon of the 27th, however monitoring of the area will continue for at least a month.

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, an all-volunteer organisation, has responded to wildlife affected by four separate chemical spills this year.

Resources:

 Oiled ducks, turtles rescued after diesel spill into Little Sugar Creek. The Charlotte Observer. Accessed online 27 November 2015
Generator at NASCAR Plaza spills 1,000 gallons of oil into Little Sugar Creek. The Charlotte Observer. Accessed online 27 November 2015