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Oil spill threatens bird sanctuary

Posted May 12, 2008

— Oil leaking from two tankers has flowed into the Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park, authorities said Monday.

Workers at the bird sanctuary noticed oil in wetlands on the property Monday morning and traced the problem to two tankers parked at an old lumber yard nearby, authorities said.

Halifax County deputies have interviewed two people in connection with the spill, but no charges had been filed as of Monday afternoon.

No animals have been killed by the spill, but authorities said a few birds and turtles were covered in oil. Sylvan Heights officials also said oil in the wetlands could adversely affect the educational programs they conduct.


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  • Hip-Shot May 12, 2008

    Quite frankly if it was on the Outer Banks, with the beaches now being closed, they'd block off Highway 12 for this one. They can't get any more beach.

  • colliedave May 12, 2008

    Oh, the humanity of it all!

  • Frank Downtown May 12, 2008


  • m0nky May 12, 2008

    wait wheres all the commenters from the beach closing article. they are just birds and turtles right?