Construction company reports fuel spill at Chevak

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An estimated 1,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled at a new school construction site in the Western Alaska village of Chevak, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said Tuesday.

The spill, discovered Saturday by Osborne Construction Co., occurred at a bunkhouse on the site, the DEC said. A fuel-line fitting from a 5,000-gallon tank to the bunkhouse failed, releasing the fuel under the building and into the snow next to it, DEC investigators said.

Workers cleared the contaminated snow, which is being stored for future recovery of the oil, according to investigators. Fuel under the building was pumped back into the tank. As much as 800 gallons have been recovered, investigators said.

Sorbent boom is being used to protect a small lake near the spill site, the DEC said.

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