Diesel spill threatening lake, water supply

Posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2000

HEALY LAKE (AP) -- A diesel fuel leak Monday from a 10,000 gallon tank was threatening Healy Lake and the town's water supply.

The leak from the Delta-Greely School District tank was discovered at 3 p.m. The person who reported the leak said diesel fuel was flowing through the town of 47 people and toward the community drinking well and Healy Lake, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

Between 7,000 and 10,000 gallons could have been spilled, the DEC said.

The town has a backhoe and a bulldozer which were being used to construct a containment berm to keep the fuel from the well and the lake.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Army dispatched a helicopter with response personnel, a DEC responder and spill response gear to the scene.

If the fuel can be recovered, the town has a 4,000 gallon tank it can be stored in during the cleanup process.

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