Crews clean up village fuel spill

Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cleanup crews have recovered most of an estimated 750 gallons of spilled heating oil in Stevens Village that had threatened to contaminate the Yukon River, state environmental officials said Wednesday.

About 500 gallons of the diesel fuel had been removed, and most of the remaining fuel had evaporated, leaving only a ''rainbow'' sheen, said Tom DeRuyter, environmental specialist with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

The spill occurred last week, and came from two places, DeRuyter said.

About 200 gallons was overflow of a washateria daytank that occurred during a fuel transfer, according to DeRuyter. He said the rest of the spill was caused by a leaking coupler in the village's tank farm.

DeRuyter said the spilled fuel accumulated in a pond that drains into the Yukon River. An underflow dam has been constructed and a rope mop and drum skimmer were operating at the site to try and keep the oil from contaminating the river.

DeRuyter said it doesn't appear that any of the spill reached the river.

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