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Oil storage tank leak near Yakima River in Washington State poses threat to animals and crops

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Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused a storage tank to leak in Yakima River on Sunday.
As much as 1,500 gallons of used motor oil leaked from an above-ground storage tank in Washington state into a creek that flows into the Yakima River, vital to the apple-growing state's agricultural hub, officials said on Monday.

The cause of the spill on Sunday from the tank at a former feed lot near Sunnyside, about 170 miles southeast of Seattle, was under investigation.

Department of Ecology spokeswoman Joye Redfield-Wilder said the oil posed a threat to otters, waterfowl and fish as well as orchards and other crops in the area.

"In a couple of weeks, the canals will all be full and (farmers) will be watering their crops and their orchards, so we want to get this cleaned up," Redfield-Wilder said.

Dozens of disoriented birds fall out of the sky in Spring Hill, Tennessee

Dead birds
Dozens of birds drop dead out of the sky in Maury County at the same time. A local pizza delivery driver says he has something to do with the fifty or so birds that turned up dead off North Field Lane Saturday. Russell Thomas contacted FOX17 after our story first aired.

Thomas says the birds were flying low and swooped in and bombed his brand new white KIA. He said there is minor damage to his car. Police turned the case over to the TWRA.

Comment: A dip into the archives covering the last 4 years of similar events:

Hundreds of birds mysteriously dying in El Reno, Oklahoma

Dead birds falling from the sky in Oklahoma, experts say 'no cause for concern.' Right!

Over 30 birds fall dead from the sky in Norman, Oklahoma

Hundreds of birds fall dead from the sky on Aden Road in Nokesville, Virginia

Dead birds fall 'like raindrops' In Winnipeg's North End

Double deja vu on December 31st? Up to 300 starlings litter roadway and fields in Seymour, Tennessee

Dead birds "falling from the sky" in Port Arthur, Texas neighborhood

Dead birds fall out of the sky near Fort Worth, Texas - Second time in 5 months

Meteoric Deja-vu: Exactly one year later, dead blackbirds fall again in Beebe, Arkansas

Alabama: Hundreds of Dead Blackbirds Found Along I-65 In Athens

More birds fall out of the sky, this time in Sweden

US, Kentucky: Over 30 Birds Mysteriously Die on Montgomery County Road

Now HUNDREDS More Birds Fall from the Sky in Kentucky and Louisiana and Tens of THOUSANDS of Dead Fish Wash Ashore

A Sign for the New Year: 1,000 Birds Fall From the Sky in Beebe, Arkansas

'Crazy': Dozens of dead birds fall from the sky in New Jersey

Mysterious Bird Deaths Investigated Near Dacono

US: Thousands of Dead Birds Picked Up in Arkansas Town

US: Hundreds of dead blackbirds found in Louisiana

US: Hundreds Of Birds Found Dead in Oklahoma

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Hundreds of hibernating snakes disturbed by construction workers in Delta, British Columbia

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Garter snakes
Close to 500 garter snakes are getting settled in a new winter home, after their hibernation den was disturbed by construction in Delta, B.C.

Residents alerted crews reinforcing the dike near Beach Grove this week that there was a ball of sleeping snakes under some rocks, reported The Vancouver Sun.

Biologists were called in to rescue the serpents, who were then brought to the Wildlife Rescue Association of B.C. (WRA), said the group's Facebook page.

The snakes are cozy in groups of 20 in plastic tubs with damp wood shavings and a dish of distilled water, said the WRA. During hibernation, known as brumation, snakes drop their body temperature so they don't have to use much energy.

3 dead sperm whales wash ashore within 3 days in Tamil Nadu, India

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An adult male sperm whale stranded at Uyali Kuppam near Kalpakkam on Sunday.
The washing ashore of three sperm whales in the last three days has taken fishermen and marine researchers along the east coast by surprise.

While the first dead whale was found near Puducherry on Friday, a second carcass was located at Alambaraikuppam near Marakkanam on Saturday with the third being found at Uyyalikuppam near Kalpakkam on Sunday.

The stranded whale at Uyyalikuppam was a male measuring 50 feet in length and weighing nearly 4 tonnes. The carcass found on Saturday at Alambaraikuppam was that of a female sperm whale which measured 35 feet and weighed nearly 3 tonnes. Both died of injuries suffered on the tail after getting entangled in large nets near the sea surface, said researchers.

Comment: See also: Dead whale found washed ashore at Cuddalore, India

Snowflake Cold

Impending Ice Age? North America braces for yet another winter snow storm

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A man stands in falling snow at the shore of the Hudson River in the New York City suburban town of Nyack, New York March 1, 2015.
Winter's relentless battering was poised on Monday to hit northern states across the nation with more snow and ice as the season's bitter weather stretched its reach into the early days of March.

A fresh storm was due to stretch from Wyoming to Michigan on Monday evening and cross all the way to Maine by Tuesday, meteorologists predicted.

Warmer air mixing in from the South will create messy conditions of icy rain in parts of the Midwest and Northeast, said

Icy travel conditions are expected in St. Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York and Boston, the weather website said.

Three to four more inches of snow is likely with the next storm in Connecticut and Massachusetts, the National Weather Service said.

Boston, which posted its coldest February on record and its second-snowiest ever, was likely to see two to four inches of new snow on top of the more than 102 inches recorded so far this winter.

Comment: Despite the desperate propaganda from the global warmists, this year's harsh winter shows no signs of abating soon.


Family pit bull severely mauls woman in Pinole, California

A family pet
A Pinole woman was being treated for life-threatening injuries Sunday after she was attacked and mauled by the family's pet pit bull, investigators said.

The 40-year-old resident was attacked inside the home on Silverado Drive, in the Pinole Valley area shortly before 10 a.m. and bitten on her legs, arms and face. Pinole police were able to secure the animal in the back yard before Pinole Fire Department paramedics administered "advanced life support" treatment.

The woman's wounds were so severe that she had to be flown by helicopter to the trauma center at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, said Steve Akre, the Pinole Fire battalion chief. He said there was a male resident inside the home at the time of the attack, but he was not injured.
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Madagascar flooding update: 19 dead and 37,000 displaced

Floods in Madagascar
The flood situation in Madagascar is worsening. The latest report from Madagascar's disaster management agency, the Bureau National de Gestion des Risques et des Catastrophes (BNGRC) said that further assessments of the flood disaster that struck on 26 February show that 19 people have been killed, 36,956 have been displaced and over 60,000 affected by the disaster.

517 houses have been destroyed and 1,698 damaged in the floods. BNGRC also report that the floods have damaged 6,339 hectares of rice fields.

Three regions of the country have been affected. Over 2,000 people have been displaced in Alaotra Mangoro region. The worst affected region is Analamanga where 18 of the deaths occurred, many of them around the country's capital, Antananarivo. The remaining fatality occurred in Vakinankaratra region.

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Shellfish population dying in New Zealand harbour

Pipi Die-Off
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The volume of pipis on Mair Bank has slumped from 10,000 tonnes to less than 100 tonnes.
A massive pipi bed in Whangarei harbour is dying and there are fears the change could destabilise the harbour - and Marsden Point itself, Radio NZ reports.

The volume of pipis on Mair Bank has slumped from 10,000 tonnes to less than 100 tonnes, sparking fears the massive sandbank, which protects the harbour entrance, will disappear.

The sandbank, shaped similar to a shark's tooth, lies just off Marsden Point. Locals previously waded out at low tide to scoop up the daily limit of 150 of the shellfish in a couple of minutes. But no more.

NIWA fisheries scientist, James Williams, said the decline had been drastic. Over the last four to five years the pipi population has collapsed.

He said the bank had been eroding from the south and gaining height; coinciding with an apparent absence of juvenile pipi.

"There was a huge biomass there of pipi, everywhere pretty much on the bank and sub-tidally of about 10,000 tonnes and that's been reduced to less than 100 tonnes from the 2014 survey," he said.

"So, less than one per cent of what there was in 2005."

Mass death of marine creatures at Pasir Ris beach, Singapore

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A pile of dead fish, which washed up on the shores of Pasir Ris beach on Saturday.
Scores of dead marine life have been washing up on Pasir Ris beach over the weekend.

While reports have emerged about Changi fish farms suffering massive losses, it seems like wild fish have not been spared either.

Marine creatures - including puffer fish, eels, horseshoe crabs and cuttlefish - have been turning up lifeless on the island's north-eastern shores.

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Fallen 50-tonne rock blocks main mountain road near Moûtiers, France

Holidaymakers were trapped in the French Alps after a giant 50-tonne boulder blocked a main mountain
Thousands of British holidaymakers were trapped in the French Alps after a giant 50-tonne boulder blocked a main mountain road.

Falling rocks cut off popular resorts Val Thorens, Les Menuires and St Martin and ski enthusiasts were left stranded in a 50-mile tailback.

Holiday coaches were stopped from entering and leaving the resorts in the Tarentaise Valley after authorities ruled the N117 road was too dangerous for large vehicles to use on Friday morning.