Leak at Capitol Lake

Published: Mar. 8, 2014 at 3:34 AM CST
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - For 30 years, twice a day, Michell Bond has been feeding ducks at Capitol Lake. But, today she noticed a strange film covering the surface of the water.

"As I was walking along, I saw the sheen and I didn't know how far it went, but I called DEQ and said there is something on the lake," said Bond.

That was diesel fuel; what looked to be colors of the rainbow in the water.

"I was appalled, it is a terrible thing there are ducks, and all sorts of wildlife from the lake that can be hurt by things like this," said Bond.  

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) group were hard at work cleaning up the mess. Department spokesman Greg Langley says he doesn't know exactly how something like could happen.

"We don't know the source of it at this point, it would be only speculation, it most likely leaked out of sort of vehicle," said Langley.

For Bond, all she wants is for the lake to be cleaned up as quickly as possible, so she and the ducks she feeds can have a healthy environment.

"I am not a scientist, but I know oily things and are not good for ducks, and if they don't want someone smoking down there because it can blow up how good can it be ducks in the water," said Bond.

DEQ said they are still investigating the source of the spill.

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