400 gallons of gasoline spilled at Egegik cannery

Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Crews were working to clean up a spill of gasoline at a cannery in the Alaska Peninsula village of Egegik.

Officials with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation said Wednesday that 400 gallons of unleaded gasoline spilled when an underground pipe broke at the Woodbine Cannery.

The spill occurred late Monday night and early Tuesday. As of Tuesday night, about 240 gallons had been recovered, DEC officials said.

Most of the fuel pooled in the soil, but officials also said an oil sheen 20-feet long, was spotted on the Egegik River. The sheen disappeared when the tide went out and no additional sheen has been reported.

DEC officials said the site had been previously contaminated from a diesel fuel spill. Cannery officials were planning to resume cleanup of that spill early next month.

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