Oiled animals found in Myrtle Grove Louisiana

While surveying pollution in the wake of Hurricane Isaac, teams found new oil and oiled animals Sunday in the vicinity of two inactive oil production facilities near Myrtle Grove, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Oil was found in the area of the facilities, whose former owners were not immediately known. There was no sign of an active leak.

The crews found three juvenile pelicans with oil exposure, one of which was dead. Ten dead nutria were also recovered in the area.

Wildlife Response Services will attempt to revive the live pelicans and collect the dead wildlife. Necropsies will be performed to determine the cause of death.

According to a Coast Guard statement, it is still unclear if the oil originated from the shuttered facilities. Authorities will collect samples to attempt to identify the source.

Representatives from the Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality are surveying Southeast Louisiana oil, gas, and chemical facilities to determine what pollution Hurricane Isaac might have left in its wake.

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