Fuel spills outside old NARL lab near Barrow

Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An estimated 1,800 gallons of diesel fuel spilled Saturday at the former Naval Arctic Research Laboratory 4 miles north of Barrow.

The Department of Environmental Conservation learned of the spill Monday morning.

State officials said the Navy performed a cleanup of old pipes and equipment at the site two years ago and left a 3,000-gallon aboveground fuel tank. The tank was connected to a three-quarter-inch line that the Navy reported had been plugged.

The tank and about 2,000 gallons of fuel was transferred to Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corp. to be used as a backup fuel source for its natural gas-powered generators.

The corporation claims the pipe was not capped and that a frost plug keeping the fuel in the line melted, the DEC said.

The fuel spilled onto a gravel pad. The corporation was able to pump 750 to 800 gallons of fuel off the ground.

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