A portion of the 20-ton oil spill, which is currently trapped under a sheet
of ice, may be released when the ice melts in coming months. The thaw may put
birds and other wildlife at serious risk of becoming oiled and killed.
“Because it’s covered in ice, the oil can not be cleared up immediately. In
spring, when the ice begins to melt, there will be the opportunity to recover
the oil. However, there is a risk that seabirds will become oiled again as the
oil warms up and starts to re-distribute.