Oil leak affects hundreds of birds in northwest Ohio

BRYAN, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in far northwest Ohio say hundreds of birds have been rescued from the area where waste oil leaked from a storage tank into a creek.

WTOL-TV in Toledo (http://bit.ly/1AEmn0N ) reports an unknown amount of oil leaked from storage at the Titan Tire Corporation in Bryan, about 55 miles west of Toledo. The Environmental Protection Agency put out absorbent booms to help contain and clean up the spill.

Bryan Fire Chief Bruce Siders says hundreds of geese and ducks in the area got into the oil, which contaminated their feathers. More than 400 birds have been rescued.

A nonprofit organization that deals with such spills has been cleaning the birds. They are expected to be released back into the wild within weeks.