Oil spill at jetport kills two birds

Posted Nov. 15, 2011, at 5:22 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — An oil spill at the Portland International Jetport has claimed two birds, the first wildlife deaths due to oiling in Maine in a decade.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection says the rescued birds were taken to the Center for Wildlife in York, where they died over the weekend.

The DEP is considering whether to bring sanctions against the city of Portland. About 600 gallons of oil spilled Thursday after a valve malfunctioned in the airport’s terminal building.

Much of the oil went into the Fore River. WMTW-TV says the last time wildlife died in Maine because of oil was in 2001 in Brooks.