Diesel fuel spilled at Chignik cannery

Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Crews were working to clean up a 500-gallon diesel fuel spill at a cannery on Chignik Bay on the Alaska Peninsula.

Officials with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation said the spill occurred Wednesday morning when vibrations from a generator at Chignik Pride Fisheries caused a fuel line to crack.

The fuel escaped from the generator room and flowed across the ground for about 30 feet. Some of the fuel passed through a berm and into Chignik Bay, creating a slick 200 yards long by 70 yards wide.

Boom was deployed at the site and contaminated soil was being excavated.

The Coast Guard sent two pollution investigators to the site.

It was the second fuel spill at a cannery on the Alaska Peninsula this week. Late Monday night 400 gallons of unleaded gasoline spilled when an underground fuel line broke at the Woodbine Cannery in Egegik.

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