Animals dying from oil spill in Charlotte creek

The Carolina Waterfowl Rescue is still working to clean and save animals after 1,000 gallons of oil was spilled into Little Sugar Creek in Charlotte.

The spill is said to have started at the NASCAR Plaza in Uptown when a generator crashed and diesel fuel leaked into a storm drain -- which then was washed into the nearby creek. The spill covers at least four miles of the creek, which runs alongside the Greenway Trail.

City and County officials have said people and animals should stay out of the creek while cleanup takes place. An investigation is underway.

The Rescue has brought in more than 20 birds that are covered in oil and says at least nine have died from the oil. It adds that fish are dying in the creek and turtles could be next.

"I think we need to get the word out that [people] need to stay out of the creek and they need to stay out of the water," The Waterfowl's Jennifer Gordon said.

Carolina Waterfowl is still looking for more volunteers to assist in the cleanup...

 

http://carolinawaterfowlrescue.com/