Update: Greensboro officials seek clues in oil spill

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — A “substantial” amount of oil flowed into a Greensboro retention pond Wednesday morning coating wildlife in black petroleum and threatening the city’s water supply.

The pond connects to the Bull Run Creek watershed, which flows into the Randleman Regional Reservoir and feeds into Greensboro’s water supply.

By Thursday, the crisis had been averted. Despite the rain, emergency crews prevented oil from flowing into the creek and volunteers rescued a number of geese whose feathers were covered in “black glue.”

Now, city officials and animal rights activists are grappling with a bigger issue: Why?

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