Spill at Anchorage tank farm

Posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cleanup workers have recovered 3,789 gallons of jet fuel from a spill Thursday at the Tesoro tank farm in Anchorage, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation.

The total amount of fuel spilled will probably turn out to be in the range of 4,000 to 5,000 gallons, said John Bauer, an environmental specialist with the DEC.

Tesoro had five vacuum trucks working within a few hours of the spill, said Bauer, and later brought in an excavator, scraping up the gravel down to a frozen ground layer that blocked further spread of the fuel.

''Tesoro did a great job of ramping up,'' said Bauer. ''It really did help their cleanup.'' He said Monday that the work would probably be done in a couple more days.

The fuel doesn't appear to be flowing into a small stream near the site any longer, Bauer said.

''We don't see any more sheens on the stream,'' he said. Still, a dam that traps fuel but allows water to flow underneath remains in place just in case.

The jet fuel spilled Thursday after pressure built up in a line connecting the Tesoro refinery in Nikiski with a tank farm on Government Hill in Anchorage.

The pressure blew a cap on a strainer at the Anchorage tank farm, and the fuel overflowed a concrete containment area.

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