DEC reports diesel fuel spill in Aleknagik

Posted: Friday, June 23, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A sizable amount of diesel fuel has spilled in a small southwestern Alaska village north of Dillingham, state environmental officials said Thursday.

The Department of Environmental Conservation said it doesn't know just how much diesel spilled at the washeteria in Aleknagik. But enough fuel was released to taint the washeteria's water well, located more than 50 feet from the building.

The village's water supply isn't in danger because it comes from other wells that aren't tainted, DEC said in a news statement.

The spill started at some point over the winter, likely when a chunk of snow or ice broke a line running from a 5,000-gallon storage tank to the washeteria.

DEC says the spill was discovered by a maintenance worker Tuesday and reported to the state yesterday. Agency officials will go to the village to assess the spill.

The washeteria is less than 500 feet from Lake Aleknagik, but DEC said there's no evidence that any fuel has reached the lake.

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