Diesel spill reported in Fairbanks

Posted: Sunday, April 23, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel spilled at a permafrost test site just outside the city, state environmental officials said Friday.

A spill of between 500 and 750 gallons was detected Thursday night at the Chena Hot Springs Road Permafrost Test Facility. The spill, likely caused by a broken underground transfer line, came from at least one and possibly two above-ground storage tanks, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation.

At least one of the tanks drained completely, spilling 500 gallons. Fuel was observed traveling down a driveway and flowing into a marsh.

Workers were using sorbent pads to pick up the pooled fuel, and a backhoe will excavate contaminated soil. A vacuum truck may be used to pick up fuel on the surface water.

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