AUSTIN — The Texas General Land Office and the University of Texas Marine Science Institute are proud to announce the grand opening of the Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the Animal Rehabilitation Keep.
The dedication ceremony will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 22 at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas. Nueces County Judge Lloyd Neal and Greg Pollock, deputy commissioner for the Oil Spill Prevention and Response Division at the General Land Office, will be on hand to help cut the ribbon.
While the General Land Office and the Animal Rehabilitation Keep, or ARK, have worked together on moderate and small-scale responses to oiled wildlife, this new facility will be the first in South Texas ready to help large numbers of oiled wildlife recover in the event of a significant spill.
The Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will be activated in the event of a spill, providing a place where trained rehabilitation personnel can clean oiled birds or other wildlife. The facility houses a climate-controlled room with sinks and tables for handling and cleaning wildlife. Another room will be used to let the birds or other animals that have been cleaned rest and recover.
The Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will also help ARK expand its normal operations. Between spills, the facility can be used to help the ARK staff with research or educational outreach efforts. Valero paid for the Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center to increase ARK's oil spill response readiness through a Supplemental Environmental Project.
WHO: Greg Pollock, deputy commissioner for the General Land Office's Oil Spill Prevention and Response Division
WHAT: Grand opening for the Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
WHEN: 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 22
WHERE: Animal Rehabilitation Keep, on the University of Texas Marine Science
Institute campus, 750 Channelview, Port Aransas (follow the signs to the ARK
and the new Oiled Wildlife Facility.)