Monday, January 11, 2010

Tank leaks diesel into Adak's Sweeper Cove

This just in from the U.S. Coast Guard:

Jan. 11, 2010

Coast Guard responds to fuel spill near Adak

KODIAK — Coast Guard Sector Anchorage personnel are responding to a report of a leaking underground diesel tank that has spilled into Sweeper Cove on Adak Island.

Coast Guard watchstanders at the Sector Anchorage command center received a report about 6:40 p.m. today from Adak Petroleum stating a tank containing approximately 113,000 gallons of No. 2 diesel had reportedly released an unknown amount of fuel.

Adak Petroleum personnel reported the diesel is contained with boom inside the cove. They are also using recovery equipment to clean up the fuel.

Coast Guard and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation responders are planning to fly to Adak on Tuesday to investigate the magnitude of the spill and monitor cleanup activities.

Coast Guard, DEC, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Adak Petroleum are all working together to respond to the incident.

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