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Fuel spills at Valdez Petroleum Terminal

Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2002

VALDEZ (AP) -- An estimated 4,000 to 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled Wednesday at the Valdez Petroleum Terminal.

According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, the fuel spilled from Tank No. 10 at the terminal, a bulk plant and marine facility belonging to Petro Star.

The cause of the spill is under investigation.

Preliminary findings indicate that pressure from ice may have caused a crack in a three-quarter-inch relief line pipe or that the relief line was damaged during snow removal.

The petroleum terminal used a vacuum truck to begin recovering fuel inside a containment area.

Terminal officials also asked permission to transport an estimated 100 cubic yards of contaminated snow to the Petro Star refinery. They want to melt the snow on a heated concrete pad so that the oil and water can be separated.

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On the Net:

Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Spill Prevention and Response: http://www.state.ak.us/dec/dspar/perp/home.htm



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