About 500 gallons of diesel spill in Juneau harbor

Posted: Friday, June 29, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- Spill response workers were trying to mop up about a 500-gallon diesel fuel spill Thursday afternoon in Tee Harbor, about 20 miles from downtown Juneau.

Bob Mattson, on-scene coordinator for the state Department of Environmental Conservation, said Thursday afternoon cleanup was going fairly well, but he had no estimate of how much fuel had been picked up.

U.S. Coast Guard officials said a flexible hose connection in a pipeline burst about 11 p.m. Wednesday at Donahue's Marina fuel dock.

There were no reports of oiled wildlife, but fuel hit several boats.

The incident was similar to one Tuesday in which about 400 gallons of diesel spilled from a pipeline break at Andrew's Marina in Auke Bay.

Mattson said workers recovered about 230 gallons from that spill. Because it is a light fuel, some of the diesel also evaporated.

Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Paitl said he may send out a bulletin, reminding marina owners it would be wise to check their piping systems.

''We really don't want to clean up any more spills like this,'' Paitl said.

The small fuel docks aren't regulated by either the state or federal government, so the agency can't require them to do preventive work, but it can charge financial penalties if they spill fuel.

Paitl said he didn't know yet whether penalties would be assessed in either of the recent spills.

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