NRG: 90 geese dead after fuel spill at Millsboro plant

September 15, 2021 GMT

MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) — About 90 Canada geese have died after last week’s 30,000-gallon diesel fuel spill at NRG Energy’s power plant on the Indian River near Millsboro, the company said.

The spill was discovered Sept. 8 after a pressurized hose detached from a diesel fuel storage tank overnight. Company spokesman Dave Schrader said in a statement that the spill was contained to the coal pile and while it didn’t affect any waterways or public land, about 130 geese in a resident flock were affected, The News Journal reported.

The Tri-State Bird Rescue and Department of Natural Resources are managing that part of the response, which should wrap up within days, Schrader said.

NRG announced earlier this year that the coal-fired Millsboro plant would close next year, but that may change as NRG works with Mid-Atlantic power grid manager PJM to “support reliability in the region,” Schrader said.